Office of the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC ), Mr Martyn Underhill is actively promoting Dementia Friendly Communities. All OPCC staff have undertaken a dementia awareness session, and have access to information and advice sheets to assist them when contacting or interacting with people living with dementia and their carers. The PCC and his team hold regular community days, visits and events to make contact with the public and ensure that their voices are heard in matters of policing, crime and community safety. The PCC also holds Surgeries across Dorset to complement these events which provides residents with the opportunity to meet with him on a one-to-one basis. In response to concerns raised, Dorset Police are now actively pursuing the concept of safe dementia havens with local care home providers, and are currently consulting on a protocol which will allow police officers to take anyone found lost and confused with dementia to be taken to a specialist care home until their carers can be located, instead of being taken to a police station which could be distressing.

Updated:
9 February 2016
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Local Authorities, Legal, Emergency Services Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Poole Dementia Action Group, Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community, Dorchester Dementia Action Alliance, Southbourne Dementia Friendly Community , Dorset Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Improving staff awareness and understanding of dementia, thereby having a good customer service ethos and training for our staff. 

Have a willingness to respond to the individual’s needs and help/support them when we can and it is reasonable for us to do so.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

This is not the primary purpose of our business/organisation/group; therefore is not seen as a priority.

2. Actions

  • Training and awareness raising for all staff

    We have 15 staff, plus number of volunteers in the OPCC. Each member has read the ten top tips for interacting with people living with dementia, and have taken part in a dementia friend's session in July 2014.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New staff have been booked on to a Dementia Friends Session.

  • Looking at our facilities and if we can make things easier

    We run community engagement events, and will ensure that they are accessible to people living with dementia, and ensure that staff and volunteers are briefed accordingly.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We are ensuring that all events are dementia friendly

  • Review our practice/ policies which may affect a person with dementia and look for alternatives

    We will take account of the needs of people living with dementia when producing polices.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Looking at our facilities and if we can make things easier

    We run community engagement events, and will ensure that they are accessible to people living with dementia, and ensure that staff and volunteers are briefed accordingly.

    Status:
    Being implemented