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Police in North Tyneside support Dementia awareness week

18 May 2016 11:55 AM

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Police in North Tyneside are working with Age UK to gain a better understanding of dementia.

The work comes as part of national Dementia Awareness Week, ran by the Alzheimers Society, (Sunday May 15, Saturday, May 21).

Officers have developed a new system to help identify people suffering with dementia and how to handle their needs.

The work comes as part of national Dementia Awareness Week, ran by the Alzheimers Society, (Sunday May 15, Saturday, May 21).

It's hoped that when police have to deal with incidents where the victim has dementia, or if someone living with dementia has gone missing, officers now have a better understanding of their condition.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Guy Morgan, of Northern Area Command, said: "This has been an excellent experience for us and has really helped us gain more knowledge of the conditions associated with dementia.

"We have developed two registration forms to allow relatives of individuals to provide some basic information which we can use to update our police systems.  This information will assist police officers when they are making enquiries and help them deal with such incidents more efficiently, and provide information they can use if someone with dementia should be reported as missing.

"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.

"I'd like to thank the Age UK and hope this encourages further partnership working with us and other forces and services around the country."

Anyone who has concerns is asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

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