Issued on 16/5/17 at 3:59 p.m.
Leicestershire Police is marking Dementia Awareness Week by signing up to a national scheme to help to speed up the ways vulnerable people can be traced if they go missing.
Called the Herbert Protocol, the scheme encourages the person who has dementia, their family, other carers or professionals to provide vital information using a form that can be downloaded from the Leicestershire Police website. The form should only be provided to the police only if they report the person missing and the information will be kept securely by the force’s partner agencies.
Detective Inspector Kevin Wright and Gina Jakymiw-Jackson, Co-ordination and Referral Officer with the Adult Referral Team will be at the ‘WOTSPACE’ at Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester on Wednesday 17 May to hand out copies of the form and encourage anybody caring for somebody with dementia to complete it.
DI Wright said: “Having somebody you love and care for go missing can be very frightening, particularly if they are vulnerable. This form will, hopefully, help relatives and carers to identify any risks in advance. The information provided will also help us to identify any dangers the person could face while they are missing and could include a photograph, mobile number, any medications needed as well as places the person at risk has previously visited.
“Together with our partner agencies, we will be able to use the information provided to us to help speed up the processes we have to trace the missing person.”
The Herbert Protocol is named after war veteran George Herbert who went missing while on his way to his childhood home and died.