Police and dementia

MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent with dementia who had witnessed a road collision told me that the Metropolitan police were questioning people and asked him about what he had seen. In conversation he mentioned he had dementia and as soon as he did his evidence was dismissed. How will your dementia training for police officers help to prevent this kind of insensitive incident from happening in future?


Answer for Police and dementia

Answer for Police and dementia

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are trained to look for vulnerability in all its forms, using the Vulnerability Assessment Framework, rather than diagnosing specific conditions such as dementia. Whilst the police cannot be expected to diagnose the exact nature of what might be wrong with an individual, it is appropriate for them to identify someone that is vulnerable and treat them appropriately and according to their needs, as outlined in the Witness Charter. These assessments help inform the most appropriate response or intervention working with relevant partner agencies and organisations.

The experience of your constituent is regrettable and should not have happened.

The MPS has been engaging with the Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK and Age UK to improve how they interact with the elderly and dementia sufferers.