The Herbert Protocol has been adopted by Lincolnshire Police and other police services across the country during National Dementia Awareness week (May 15-21).
It encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours to hold information on a simple form about the person with dementia that can help the police find them if they go missing.
The basis of the scheme is for vital information about the person such as medication, description, photograph, significant places in the person’s life and their daily routine, to be recorded on a form.
Once complete, the form, either in electronic format on a computer, or a printed version, will then be kept in a safe but prominent position, so the information is easily available to police and other agencies in the event of the person being reported missing. This allows police to access vital information as quickly as possible.
The form can be downloaded or printed from the Lincolnshire website www.lincs.police.uk/missing-persons or pick one up from your local police station. For further details contact Telecare on 01522 554040 during office hours.
The police will only ask for the form, or information on the form, if the person is reported missing. (Contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.)
The information will help the police and other agencies locate the missing person as quickly as possible.
An identification card can also be completed with the person’s contact details and a picture. This can then be stored in a purse/wallet that belongs to the vulnerable person, so if they do wander and cannot identify themselves, the information could be accessed.