Police and dementia (2)

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In answer to my question 2017/0513 you told me: “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.” Could you provide an update on any changes that have been incorporated into police training since the Metropolitan Police engaged with these groups?


Police and dementia (2)

Police and dementia (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has recently developed the Dementia Friends Awareness e-learning package.

The package focuses on 5 key points:

  • - Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
  • - Dementia is caused by disease of the brain
  • - It’s not just about losing your memory
  • - People can still live well with Dementia
  • - There is more to the person than the Dementia


In addition, MPS staff and the Alzheimer’s Society are co-delivering Dementia Friends awareness sessions.

The MPS has also set up an internal Dementia Support Group (DSG). The DSG has a webpage with a FAQ section and signposting information. Linked to this is a Dementia Support Mailbox for individual queries and a newsletter.