Dementia Awareness Training

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2563
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In work done by the Alzheimer's Society they have expressed their view that not enough police officers are making note of a person's specific vulnerabilities when they log a missing person report. This is potentially leaving people with dementia more susceptible to harm and not appropriately flagging the urgency of finding them.

Do you think that Metropolitan Police officers should receive compulsory dementia awareness training so that they understand the complexities of the condition and can better support people living with dementia?

Answer

Answer for Dementia Awareness Training

Answer for Dementia Awareness Training

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All Metropolitan Police Service officers and staff who have contact with the public use well established tools to identify and assess vulnerability in anyone they come into contact with. Dementia is a vulnerability that is identified through this process.

The Metropolitan Police Service's Missing Diamond Group has been engaging with the Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK and Age UK to consider how best to support people with dementia. This includes the use of trackers that family members can give to the dementia suffers and the elderly to improve the speed of locating these particularly vulnerable persons.

Whether there is a need for further awareness training for officers and staff should be identified through this ongoing engagement to inform the Metropolitan Police Service's response to dementia as part of its work to protect vulnerable people.