Mark Menzies in dementia policing call

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Mark Menzies MP spoke with one of the country’s top policemen as he continues his bid to make Fylde a dementia friendly community.

Mr Menzies organised a telephone conference with Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy to discuss how his force was leading the way when it came to officers dealing with dementia patients – and how that can be rolled out to the rest of the country.

As Vice President of the Association of Chief Police Offices, Sir Peter has worked on a number of policy areas including community cohesion, hate crime and fairness in the criminal justice system and has a special interest in dementia.

Following the telephone call, Mr Menzies said: “I was made aware of the work that Greater Manchester was doing through a constituent who used to work for the force and is now in the early stages of dementia.

“He knows how keen I am for Fylde to be a beacon of best practice when it comes to dementia and suggested I speak to Sir Peter about the work the constabulary is doing.

“The trouble with our local authorities and emergency services is that when one area is doing something exceptional it does not follow that all the others have the same focus. I want to make sure that any valuable projects or schemes are being considered across the UK and particularly in Fylde.

“With Fylde’s ageing population, dementia is one of the key health concerns locally and I am determined that we have the best services on offer to make things easier for those suffering from dementia.

“Communities can help. Anyone who regularly deals with members of the public, either through work or in their social lives, can learn more about the signs of dementia, something which is easy to do through the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme.

“When I hosted a Dementia Friends session in St Annes some local police officers and firefighters attended and I am sure they all found the information useful.

“Working together we can all help make the lives of those afflicted by this frightening disease better – which is something I am sure we would all want.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP during telephone conference with Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy

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