Hampshire Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for policing the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in South East England. The constabulary employs approximately 5,200 officers and staff. The policing area covers both urban and rural communities. The force area includes the historic city of Winchester, and the largest city in South East England of Southampton and the naval city of Portsmouth. The force also covers the New Forest National Park, sections of the South Downs National Park, and large towns such as Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Andover, Fareham, Newport and Aldershot. The population of Hampshire and the Isle of wight is approximately 1.9 million. Fairness and Equality is the golden thread that runs throughout everything Hampshire Constabulary does. the constabularies' commitment to it is led by our Chief Constable Andy Marsh who is the force champion for Fairness and Equality. The actual responsibility for ensuring that fairness and equality issues are considered, met and where required improved rests with every member of staff, which includes officers, staff, special constables, police community support officers and volunteers.
- 22 February 2017
- South East
- Emergency Services Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)
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?
Hampshire Constabulary will work in partnership with people with dementia, their carers, local authorities, health partners, businesses and the voluntary and community sectors to ensure that people with dementia and their carers:
1) Are given the best possible support, protected, kept safe and prevented from becoming victims of crime
2) Are heard and provided with quality advice where necessary
3) Have their legal and human rights safeguarded, promoted and maintained
4) Are through working in partnership given the best possible service. Including ensuring people who offend against them are brought to justice by dedicating appropriately trained resources to support them through the judicial process..
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
1) The challenge of reducitions in budget will be met with improvements in efficiency and knowledge.
2) Training large numbers of staff takes time. A prolonged effort will be made to improve the understanding of dementia across the organisation.
3) The challenge of people not reporting crimes against them will be met by encouraging vulnerable people to fell empowered and confident.
4) The jouney to justice through the juducual system can be tough. Through professional safegaurding this will be made less demanding on the victim
To increase the knowledge and awareness of Hampshire Constabulary staff regarding dementia
Through training and availability of reference material to increase the understanding of dementia, how to best serve people living with dementia and how to support their carers
To support people affected by dementia as vulnerable vicitms when they report a crime through professional safeguarding services
When vulnerable people suffer as victims of crime they need sensitivity and understanding when reporting it to Police. Through targeted training this can be provided by caller takers and public facing staff. During the investigation stage personalised victim support can be provided through recognising the needs of the victim with concise information being recorded to assist continuity. Later on as the case goes through the judicial system through effective and informed partnership working the vulnerable victim will be supported.
Develop support for employees who have carers' responsibility for people with dementia within Hampshire Contabulary
Look at different levels of support required and devise a system to assist them seeking advice and information.
2015 - Second Quarter Update
Dementia Repsonse Plans
To write and rollout response plans assisting front line officers when they encounter people who live with dementia. Part of the role of the police is to understand people with different needs and to help them in a way that suits their personal situation. The response plan will benefit the individual by providing a more informed service and will benefit the organisation through reputation and officer time saved. Different responses are required for each type of encounter. Regular missing persons will require more of a care plan. Victims of crime are similar but the level of support required for court proceedings is different. Dealing with suspects that live with dementia will also require a response that obtains best evidence while supporting the person through the criminal justice process.
MISPERS - prefilled 'misperceptions' forms can be completed detailing type of dementia, stage of dementia, personal details, habitual behaviour contact numbers, other medical needs, Op magnet tracker, 'ice breaker' subjects they like to talk about
VICTIMS - immediate support requirements and contacts. Level of support for statements, initial investigation and court stage. Post trial support.
SUSPECT - warning markers for behaviour or weapons, level of support in custody, diagnosis, capacity statement, report for CPS, contact details for carers and consultants.