Coolangatta Police Station has become a ‘dementia friendly’ station, with seven officers becoming Dementia Friends.
A Dementia Friend is somebody who has participated in a learning module provided by Dementia Australia, with the aim of increased awareness of the challenges faced by those living with dementia, as well as their friends and loved ones.
Senior Sergeant Meg McArthur, Officer in Charge of Coolangatta Police Station said this was important for the Coolangatta area.
“Almost twenty percent of the residents in our division are aged sixty-five years or older, so dementia awareness is a crucial consideration when policing our community,” Senior Sergeant 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 message is spreading, with more police officers from Coolangatta intending to complete the training in coming weeks.