PVPD Alzheimer's Initiative
The Prescott Valley Police Department is committed to increase awareness and effective response to calls for service involving individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Historically, law enforcement agencies expend many hours annually searching for missing persons with Alzheimer’s disease, and if not found quickly, these missing persons are at high risk of serious injury or even death. As the number of persons with Alzheimer’s disease increases in the United States, the demand on law enforcement services will also rise.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, working with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has developed a national training protocol for law enforcement officers related to individuals with Alzheimer's disease. This training has been provided to officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department and will assist us in handling this type of call for service.
In addition, the Prescott Valley Police Department intends to:
- Increase public awareness on issues surrounding missing persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia;
- Establish and/or expand community partnerships with local law enforcement and other public safety agencies to assist in efforts to locate missing persons with Alzheimer’s; and
- Educate law enforcement and other public safety and community partners involved regarding effective protocols when dealing with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
A call for service involving an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia originates in the Prescott Regional Communications Center (Dispatch). The Prescott Valley Police Department, in partnership with the Communications Center has developed a means for citizens to relay critical information about an Alzheimer's patient who resides in the Prescott Valley Town Limits. This information can be given to the Communication Center through the use of the “Alzheimer Alert” form which can be completed and submitted to the center ahead of time. This form contains information about the patient to include: medical concerns, primary and secondary care giver information, wandering history and primary care physician information which is linked to the patient’s address within the Town of Prescott Valley. If a call for service is placed to the patient’s address, the "Alzheimer Alert" information is available to first responders as they head to the residence. This information can assist first responders in handling the needs of the patient to the best of their abilities.