POLICE have been seeking expert help to better understand dementia.
Officers across Northumberland have received specialist training from the Alzheimer’s Society to learn more about the condition and how it can affect people.
They have also been advised how to spot the signs of someone with dementia, and how best to handle their needs.
It is hoped that the training will give officers more understanding when they are dealing with incidents where the victim has dementia, or when someone suffering from the condition has gone missing.
Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “This has been an excellent experience for us and has really helped us gain more knowledge of the conditions associated with dementia. Northumbria Police works hard to engage with the public and this is another example of how working with our partners can provide the best possible policing service to our communities.”
Alzheimer’s Society Acting Operations Director North Helen Foster welcomed the initiative. She said: “Police officers perform a vital role in our communities and by working together we can take very important steps towards making the Northumbria Police Force area a better place to live for people with dementia, their carers and their loved ones.
“The fact that Northumbria Police has made a commitment to make our communities more dementia-friendly represents a major boost to Alzheimer’s Society work as the number of people with dementia rises.”
There are 4,650 people with dementia in Northumberland.