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Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police covers the largest geographic area in England and is the fifth largest in the UK. It serves a population of approximately 1.5 million along with the annual influx of an average 11 million visitors. We strive to deliver the best policing service we can and recognise the particular needs of each community within the force area. Our priority is to prevent harm, protect the vulnerable and reduce crime.

Updated:
19 September 2017
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

We ensure victims of crime are involved in relevant decision making processes through the Victim Needs Assessment and safeguarding measures.

We have a single safeguarding process and multi-agency arrangments to ensure we meet the needs of all vulnerable persons including those living with dementia.

We work in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary agencies to support initiatives, including dementia friendly communities, to help those living with dementia live their lives.

We work in partnership with the local authorities, NHS and other agencies to ensure our safety messages aimed at vulnerable people including those living with dementia and their carers are distributed to them.

We work in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary agencies to foster an enabling and supportive environment where an individual living with dementia can feel valued and understood, through the support of dementia friendly communities.

We will work with our staff associations and wellbeing network to ensure that any members of staff living with, or caring for family members living with dementia, feel supported, have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life.

We will work in partnership to promote activity and research that helps people to live well with dementia.

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

As a large organisation, providing dementia awareness raising sessions to all officers and staff will take time to complete due to difficulties in abstraction from daily commitments.

As more people are diagnosed with dementia, we are aware of the need to respond promptly and effectively to issues such as door step crime and reports of missing persons, but are mindful of the pressure on stretched resources.

As an organisation we need to be more aware of the support we can offer to our officers and staff who may be living with, or caring for a relative who is living with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness

    Raising awareness and understanding of dementia of dementia internally by holding dementia friends sessions and ensuring information on dementia is accessible and visible to staff.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Safety Messages and Information.

    We will work with local authorities, the NHS and other partner agencies to ensure our safety messages and leaflets aimed at people with vulnerabilities including dementia are distributed to people living with dementia and those caring for them.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia Friendly Communities and Action Alliances

    We will continue to support and promote dementia friendly communities and play an  active role in Dementia Action Alliances across Devon and Cornwall.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Our People

    We will work with our staff associations and wellbeing network to ensure that any members of staff living with dementia or caring for family members living with dementia are supported.

    Status:
    Planning