This guide provides recommendations for developing a strategic plan with practical action steps and activity implementation for the purpose of developing a holistic community approach to respond to crisis situations involving persons with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as increase awareness of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
The guide can be accessed at https://www.bja.gov/Publications/AlzheimersAware.pdf.
Law enforcement officers may come in contact with persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in a number of different types of situations. Having the ability to identify that a person who initially seems to be coherent may actually be confused and at risk may make the difference in what could become a potentially life-threatening situation. Providing training for law enforcement officers and other first responders can greatly improve their interactions with persons with Alzheimer’s and help to reduce the risk of negative outcomes.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Alzheimer's Initiatives training program has developed four short training videos that discuss various situations in which law enforcement and first responders may encounter a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The videos cover the topics of Driver Assessment (traffic stop), Missing Person (on foot), Missing Person (by car), and Overview of Search Protocol. Each video includes a companion discussion guide and is available, free of charge, either for download from the IACP Web site at http://www.theiacp.org/Alzheimer-Training-Video or on a DVD that can be ordered by e-mailing email@example.com.
The IACP Alzheimer's Initiatives training program, Responding to Alzheimer's Disease: Techniques for Law Enforcement and First Responders, is dedicated to providing public safety administrators, law enforcement officers, supervisors and executives, firefighters, EMS, EMT, and others from the first responder community with the most current Alzheimer's and dementia training available. This no-cost, one-day training program features in-depth instruction to help your department enhance its capacity to handle calls involving people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. For information on this course and its companion two-day Train-the-Trainer program please visit http://www.theiacp.org/Alzheimers-Training-Center or contact the IACP at firstname.lastname@example.org.