Herbert protocol launched in Southend-on-Sea

Published Monday, 14th August 2017

Essex Police Herbert Protocol

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is supporting Essex Police implement a national scheme locally, which aims to reduce the time taken to gather vital details when a person with dementia goes missing.

The Herbert Protocol, named after war veteran George Herbert who lived with dementia, encourages carers, friends and relatives of people with dementia to fill in a form which could help authorities find their loved one quicker in the event of them going missing.

Essex Police is working with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council, Thurrock Council, and the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage the completion of the form which can then be passed to the police in the event someone with dementia cannot be found.

The form records all the vital details in one place including medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located or attended, a photo, details of daily routine etc.

In the event someone goes missing a completed form saves vital time allowing officers the ability to get on with searching rather than gathering basic information.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “When someone goes missing it’s imperative that police officers have as much information about that person as possible to help us find them.
“If that information has been gathered in advance it saves us precious time which can be spent looking for someone.”

Cllr Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Nothing is more worrying or distressing than when a loved one or friend goes missing or doesn’t return home, so I am delighted to be supporting the Herbert Protocol and encourage all carers, families, friends or neighbours to download the form, complete it and store it to help Essex Police in the event a loved one goes missing.”

Completed forms will be kept by carers and relatives in a safe place so they can be given to the authorities in the event someone does go missing.