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Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police provides a policing service to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The force area includes one of the largest shire counties in England, covering more than 2,600 square kilometres or 1,000 square miles. It has a population of more than 1,000,000 and a rich diversity of communities, all with their own specific policing needs.

15 February 2017
West Midlands
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
South Staffordshire Dementia Action Alliance, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth Dementia Friendly Community

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?

Staffordshire Police aim is to keep our communities safe and reassured and our mission statement allows us to do this by focusing on the following areas:- 

  • Deal with what matters to the communities
  • Provide outstanding service
  • Prevent crime and disorder

Staffordshire Police supports the Prime Minister’s challenge of creating dementia friendly communities and will work with local agencies in Staffordshire to support initiatives and work which supports this aim. We are often the first agency to come into contact with people with Dementia and as such we have procedures in place to ensure that we do the following:

  • Provide a timely response
  • Provide the correct response to identified vulnerabilities
  • Work in partnership with other agencies who may be able to offer specialist support in key areas to ensure total care for victims
  • Have internal processes that allows our organisation to identify where levels were not met and determine learning outcomes
  • Use of locality groups
  • Embedding the aims into our strategies

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

The challenges in meeting these outcomes are as follows:- 

  1. Stigma
  2. Funding and Resources
  3. Training
  4. Lack of understanding
  5. Avoiding isolation of the topic
  6. Understanding the link between dementia and vulnerability
  7. Re-aligning resources and budgets

2. Actions

  • Identify a dementia representative

    The Force Mental Health Lead will be the representative and will ensure all actions laid out are implemented.

  • Internal Support Groups

    We will identify an appropriate person to represent issues of dementia on our Disability Independent Advisory group and Disability Carers network. We will ensure that there is a dementia Champion within relevant units such as HR and Occupational Health.

  • Press releases

    Using the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) we will link with local media to send messages regarding our Dementia Action Plan to ensure our communities are aware.

  • Support from the Police Crime Commissioner

    Use the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to report progress and to promote the Force’s commitment.

  • Video Stories

    Use video stories provided by Staffordshire County Council withi briefing sessions and also within training. We will ensure that such videos are shown in key places and that Officers can access using links within our intranet system.

  • Use of ‘lived experience’

    We will use video stories as well as having people with lived experience visit stations and key areas to conduct ‘walkabouts’ such as custody facilities. Such events will use the information to better our services.

  • Use of internal media

    We will use newsletters and IT systems to promote training opportunities, key events, details of champions and up to date information to ensure Offiecrs have all the relevant access.

  • Encourage employees to become Dementia Friends and use the website

    We will to an internal campaign that will be sent to all Officers to promote the Demetia friends. We will ensure that firewalls do not block the sites so that Officers can gain immediate access after the campaign.

    Officers will be directed to the website and Champions will use this as a way to ensure up to date information.

    Details of Staffordshire’s Police Dementia action plan will be advertised as being available on the website.

  • Partnership Groups

    Ensure that partners are aware of our commitmenta and events taking place. Ensure that dementia is on appropriate meeting agendas.

    Hold table top events in key visitor areas.

  • Identify Dementia Friends Champions

    Volunteers will be requested and will undertake a one day training session from Alzheimer's Society. These champions will then deliver awareness sessions throughout the Force and be the point of contact for their colleagues.

  • Organise a ‘Dementia Awareness’ event

    Working with local services and Dementia Champions we will arrange events within Police Stations that will provide information for staff. Alongside this we will also arrange ‘table top’ events in key areas so that the information is easily accessible.

  • Use of flagging/markers on systems

    Our incident reporting system and intelligence systems will have flags/markers  that will be used to inform officers and staff of details regarding dementia for person(s).

  • Include in the vulnerability asssessment

    Ensure that dementia is highlighted as a risk factor within the assessment.