Merseyside's Police Commissioner has joined with the Force and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to sign an Emergency Services Strategic Commitment on Dementia.
Jane Kennedy united with Merseyside Police's Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and Chief Fire Office at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Dan Stephens to make the commitment at the Joint Command and Control Centre in Bridle Road.
The commitment recognises that any emergency situation is stressful and this is especially true for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Preventing emergencies is the key and emergency services have the skills and understanding to work with communities to prevent the occurrence of, or reduce the impact of these situations.
As an organisation that represents emergency services, Merseyside Police have made the following strategic commitments:
- We will work towards being dementia friendly employers with suitable employment policies and procedures in place to allow us to support colleagues who become carers or those who themselves develop dementia.
- We will ensure staff have the necessary awareness, skills and understanding to recognise and support people living with dementia before, during and after an emergency incident.
- We will work together and with our local partners to maintain and improve the general safety of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
- We will support Alzheimer’s Society in their quest to develop more dementia-friendly communities and Dementia Friends in line with the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and the subsequent duty on all public services.
These commitments will improve our services and care for people living with dementia, our policies and procedures, practices, training and the application of all that we do will require regular updates and assessment to ensure we keep pace with developments in the fight against this disease.
Merseyside Police is committed to working closely with recognised experts in organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society to seek best practice for the practical application of this pledge and to invite robust review as we continually challenge ourselves; and our organisations to improve our services in the communities we serve.