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Northumbria Police - South Tyneside

Northumbria Police serves a population of 1.5 million people and covers an area of more than 2,000 square miles in the North East of England, from the Scottish border down to County Durham and from the Pennines across to the North East coast. Northumbria is one of the largest forces in the country and is recognised as one of the top performing in the UK.

7 March 2016
North East
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
North East Dementia Alliance, South Tyneside 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?

Northumbria Police have the role of keeping people safe, this includes building better relations with the public and finding missing people.  By increasing our own understanding we can find missing people with dementia quicker and learn more about how to communicate in a way they can respond easier.

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

One of the challenges we may face is people signing up to their information being shared on the system. We will work with partner organisation Alzheimer’s Society to make thi system work as efficiently as possible.

2. Actions

  • Increase Understanding

    Increasing Dementia Friends amongst Neighbourhood Policing Teams in South Tyneside

  • Engagement

    Increase engagement at Safetyworks to allow more personal safety inputs to be given to people living with Dementia and family members  

  • Better procedures for missing people

    Pre-registration of contact details on police computer system to enable a more targeted response if an individual goes missing. It could include information such as likely places they go to, any medical issues or anything that would cause them anxiety     

    Initial Scoping
  • Increase relationships with people with dementia, family and support staff

    An opportunity for a dementia sufferer/family member/staff from Alzheimer society to come to the police station to gain a first hand understanding of the procedure  within our control room that we undertake when someone is reported missing. We are hoping to have them also speak to one of our POLSA (Police Search Advisors) officers who coordinate the searching of missing persons. This will hopefully increase confidence in the police but also be an opportunity for the people attending to suggest improvements in how we do things.