Police are being trained to better understand the effects of Alzheimer’s.
After coming under fire for stunning a man suffering from Alzheimer’s with a tazer on his farm earlier in the year, The UK Police Force are looking for ways to diversify training in order to help recruits understand neurological conditions better.
Sarah Moody, locality manager for the Alzheimer’s Society said at the time:
“People with dementia can sometimes exhibit extreme agitation which can be difficult to understand and cope with for those who encounter it.”
“This unfortunate incident illustrates a lack of understanding in society of dementia and the best way to support and help people who are affected by this devastating condition.
Thames Valley police have entered a pilot scheme that will see them taking training sessions at Bluebird Care Home in Milton Keynes to help build a better understanding of how to deal with people who suffer from neaurological conditions and mental health issues.
Martin Elliott, community manager for Thames Valley Police said:
“Dealing with people with dementia and other neurological conditions is specialised.”
“We invest a great deal of time within our training programmes attempting to give our officers awareness of many of these issues. I am grateful to PJ Care for their investment and time in assisting with the placement programme, which practically allows our new police officers to acquire skills in dealing with people with some of these difficulties.”
“This knowledge and experience can only be of benefit to these officers, the police service and the wider community of Milton Keynes.”
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Original story via Carehome.co.uk: http://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1558042/pj-care-home-helps-trainee-police-officers-to-acquire-knowledge-in-dealing-with-people-with-neurological-difficulties