Police forces “have long way to go” with dementia support
23.02.17 Police forces across the country are starting to prioritise people with dementia but there is still a long way to go, said Lynne Woodward, head of equality and human rights for Leicestershire Police. “Just under half of police forces are members of their local Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) but there is still a way to go and as we take budget cuts we know that there is a real issue for us,” she told a conference in London. “We encourage all police forces to become involved in their DAA” She said hate crime and financial abuse were two priorities for the police in relation to dementia. “Post-Brexit we are experiencing spikes in hate crime and a real concern is that people who identify as disabled don’t report hate crime, and particularly people with dementia,” Woodward said. She added: “It is amazing how often people with dementia are subject to financial abuse by their own families, signing away their home or savings… Sometimes it’s legitimate, but it is an issue."