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Essex Police

Essex Police is a County Police Force covering Essex , Southend and Thurrock The county is home to five large urban towns and small rural villages linked by a number of key roads, including the M25, M11, A12, A127 and A13. Essex also has one of the largest coastlines in the UK. There are two airports – Southend and Stansted – as well as numerous airfields, and the county is home to an extensive rail network with 80 stations, including seven on the London Underground network. Essex also has two major ports – Harwich International Port and the Port of Tilbury. The Dartford River Crossing is used by more than 51 million vehicles a year, with a daily average of 140,405. The county of Essex has an estimated population of 1.72million, making it the fifth most populous county in England. Southend and Harlow districts have the highest population density per square kilometre whereas Uttlesford and Maldon districts have the lowest.

Updated:
10 May 2018
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Pan Essex 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?

Essex Police have a fundamental aim to ensure vulnerable members of the community are protected from harm.  To achieve this we will work in partnership to provide the best service we can. 

 We support the National Dementia Declaration and their aim to achieve the seven outcomes for those people affected by dementia and their carers.

We will ensure that any instance where a person with Dementia is at risk of harm (i.e. missing person) is promptly dealt with in accordance where possible with the seven outcomes.  Also where a person with Dementia is the victim, witness or even suspect in a crime their specific vulnerabilities are taken into account.

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

The challenges for Essex Police in achieving these outcomes are:

In a time of extreme austerity and a decreasing work force finding new ways to provide a service which meets the varying demands placed upon us as a police force. Other partner agencies within the public, private and third party sector equally are operating in a time of budgetary constraints. Identifying ways which are cost effective to develop officers and staff to raise their awareness of issues affecting people with dementia. Identifying how officers and staff within the organisation can play an effective part in creating dementia friendly communities. Embedding a focus on a single disability issue into existing structures and processes.

Member website

www.essex.police.uk

2. Actions

  • Encourage as many of our officers and staff to become Dementia Friends

    On our internal website we will provide officers and staff with links to attend local sessions where they can become a Dementia Friend via the on-line sign up.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    Dementia friends sessions have been run this year by the Alzheimer's Society, and further sessions are planned for Essex Police staff to participate in. Communications are still on-going promoting Essex as a Member of the Dementia action alliance and signposting all staff to this resource.

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    A resource was created on the Essex Police Intranet accessible by officers and staff in January. This resource;

    Gives an overview of the symptoms of Dementia and how it can affect someone.

    Contains a link to the Dementia Friends website/resource. 

    Encourages officers/staff to become a Dementia Friend or Champion. Since January there have been numerous internal communications and news articles promoting Essex as a member of the Dementia Action Alliance and signposting officers/staff to this resource page.

  • Herbert Protocol

    Essex police are currently in the process of introducing the Herbert protocol within working practises when dealing with Missing persons. 

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    The Herbert Protocol was officially launched by Essex Police on the 14th August 2017, with assistance from partners and the use of social media.

    The Information and forms are available at: 

    https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/herbert-protocol/

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    All documents have been submitted and await agreement to implement within Essex Police.

  • Raise awareness of Dementia across all officers and staff in Essex Police

    We will use our internal website and advice pages to:

    Promote better understanding of Dementia. Sign post officers and staff to material to help them deal with incidents involving a person with Dementia. Encourage as per action 1 staff and officers to become a Dementia Friend.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    2 Dementia friends sessions have been run this year by the Alzheimer's Society, and further sessions are planned for Essex Police staff to participate in. Communications are still on-going promoting Essex as a Member of the Dementia action alliance and signposting all staff to this resource.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    A resource was created on the Essex Police Intranet accessible by officers and staff in January.  It:

    Gives an overview of the symptoms of Dementia and how it can affect someone.Contains a link to the Dementia Friends website/resource.Encourages officers/staff to become a Dementia Friend or Champion.

    Since January there have been numerous internal communications and news articles promoting Essex as a member of the Dementia Action Alliance and signposting officers/staff to this resource page.

  • Have all of the staff and officers who perform the role of a Missing Person Liaison Officers (MPLO) trained as Dementia Friends

    There is currently a re-structure of Essex Police and Missing Person Liaison Officers (MPLO) will now be within the Crime and Public Protection Command. 

     The role of an MPLO is to:

    Ensure that Essex Police maintains the highest level of standards in the way we respond to and investigate incidents of missing person(‘s) through monitoring of performance, the compliance with policy, procedure, multi-agency protocols and application of best practice.Disseminate and advise on best practice, assisting other officers where appropriate with high risk or long term missing person enquiries and provide a point of expert advice for all officers and staff within the organisation.Maintain liaison with Essex Police departments, probation services, social care, health and other agencies to ensure that information shared is proportionate, appropriate and complies with management of police information act and other relevant legislation.Manage locally the implementation, review and on-going performance of multi-agency protocols, ensuring all parties remain committed to these.

     By becoming Dementia Champions this will help in fulfilling these elements of their role in response to missing persons with Dementia.

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    All of the Missing Person Liaision Officers (MPLO's) have now been trained as Dementia Friends.

    This will assist them in completing their role in dealing with incidents which where the missing person has Dementia.  Also it will allow them to raise awareness with other colleagues.