Special Constables become Dementia Friends
Eighteen Special Constables gave up their evening yesterday to learn more about how to help people living with dementia by becoming Dementia Friends.
The volunteer police officers spent their evening at the Essex Police College in Chelmsford where volunteers from Dementia Friends delivered training to help the officers better their understanding about dementia.
The team learned about the different types of dementia and how to support people living with dementia and their carers.
Across the county, officers and staff may come across people with dementia, either as missing people or as victims, witnesses or suspects and it is important that they are aware of dementia and its symptoms.
In 2016, we signed up to the Essex Dementia Action Alliance to contribute towards a society-wide response to dementia.
We pledged to train frontline officers and staff countywide as Dementia Friends by equipping them with a wider understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how to turn that understanding into a meaningful action.
Special Constables are volunteer police officers. They have the same police powers, uniforms and equipment as regular police officers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis to help others.
If you would like to become a Special Constable or would like more information about the Special Constabulary, visit: www.essex.police.uk/specials