Police protocol to protect dementia sufferers

Herbert Protocol

2:02pm 22nd July 2015
(Updated 2:13pm 22nd July 2015)

It's hoped a new scheme in North Yorkshire will speed up the time taken to find missing people with dementia.

The Herbert Protocol is a national initiative which aims to give police quick and detailed information about a person's background and history.

When someone is reported missing, officers need to gather a lot of information, such as their daily routine, medication, mobility and places which are significant to them.

If they have dementia, much of that information may be historic and the person providing it could be in a heightened state of anxiety.

As part of the Herbert Protocol, a form is completed by the person at risk, their carers or their family and will be kept in a safe place where it can be quickly found if the person goes missing.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Given the stressful nature of making a report to the police when someone has gone missing, and then having an officer arrive to speak to you, it can be difficult to remember such information accurately.

"The Herbert Protocol is designed to provide the police with access to accurate information as soon as possible, meaning officers can ensure that their actions and searches are targeted on the basis of specific information. In such situations, it can often mean the difference between life and death."

More information at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/herbertprotocol

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