The Alzheimer’s Initiatives Program has announced the release of a new training video: Responding to People with Alzheimer’s Disease: Best Practices for Law Enforcement.
Four departments, from across the country, volunteered their officers and resources for the production of the IACP Alzheimer’s Training video. These departments include Dennis Police Department (MA), Vail Police Department (CO), Montgomery County Police Department (MD) and Houston Police Department (TX). While traveling to film this video, IACP staff was able to gain insight into how each department handles situations involving people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Dennis Police Department has a local voluntary registry system that contains vital information about community members with dementia, so when there is a call for service, the responding officer has all the information about that person’s condition prior to walking in the door.
In the extreme weather conditions that the Vail Police Department faces, time becomes a critical factor in the incidents of missing people with Alzheimer’s disease due to drastic temperature changes and risk of exposure. Coordinating search and rescue efforts with surrounding area agencies through the use of a Missing Senior Citizen Alert program is one of the many tools that are utilized for deploying resources efficiently and effectively.
Project Lifesaver is a key component of Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) preparation and response to those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Mass transit systems throughout the Metropolitan DC area create a challenge for search and rescue in this suburban county. MCPD also partners closely with their local Alzheimer’s Association chapter to ensure collaboration and ongoing support services for patients as well as caregivers.
Houston Police Department has built a strong program around Alzheimer’s disease and regularly educates their officers on this topic to ensure their officers are prepared for missing incidents and that officer and patient safety is paramount. They work closely with mental health professionals in their community for continuity of care.
Thank you to these departments for your generous support in this project. The efforts of these departments can be viewed at: www.theiacp.org/alztrainingvideo.