BID MEMBER UPDATE: The Herbert Protocol

Lancashire Police are urging everyone to rally together this winter to protect the vulnerable in our community who may be at risk of going missing during the festive period, where darker nights and memories of a life that once was, can disorientate those who suffer with dementia.

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme implemented by Lancashire Constabulary in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services and North West Ambulance Service.  It involves carers of vulnerable adults (particularly those battling dementia) compiling useful information which could be used by Police and other agencies to search for and locate a loved one in the event of them going missing.

The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who had dementia and sadly died while he was ‘missing’ on his way to his childhood home. 

Carers, family members and friends complete the form in advance, giving all vital details including current medication, mobile numbers and places known to visit – including childhood pastimes, along with a recent photograph. If their loved one then goes missing, the form can be quickly and easily used to assist the search process.

For some, living with or caring for someone who has dementia can be an incredibly stressful and upsetting time, and remembering key information when being asked by a police officer could add to the stress and upset caused. The information contained within these forms aims to relieve some of that stress.

The form can be easily downloaded from the Lancashire Police website, and should be filled in and kept up-to-date. You can save this onto your computer and should it ever be needed, it can be printed or shared with the responding officer. If you do call, please ensure you tell the Police Operator you have the Herbert Protocol person profile.

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