A SPECIAL group of police officers in Coolangatta are going the extra mile to help locals living with Alzheimer’s disease, by making them feel more supported and included in the community.
Seven local officers are now better equiped than they ever were to deal with residents suffering from Dementia, after recently completing a comprehensive training course with Dementia Australia.
With almost 20 per cent of residents living in Coolangatta aged 65 years or older, Officer in Charge of Coolangatta Police Station Senior Sergeant Meg McArthur said the training was important.
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“Dementia awareness is a crucial consideration when policing our community,” Snr Sgt McArthur said.
“We will encourage our officers to help reduce the stigma associated with dementia and assist those living with dementia to feel supported and included.”
The seven newly-trained officers are now recognised as “Dementia Friends” and will help raise awareness of the challenges faced by residents living with the disease, as well as their family and friends.
More officers from Coolangatta are expected to complete the training in the coming weeks.