Safety and emergency services
Beyond existing Vancouver Police programs dedicated to mental health and elder abuse, we will create an organization-wide alert network for locating missing vulnerable persons.
All firehalls will become safe places for vulnerable persons and seniors in need.
Implemented actions underway
- Offer community education and support for witnesses with dementia through the VPD Elder Abuse Unit, in partnership with Family Services.
- Training is delivered approximately 6 or 8 times a year to different systems or agencies. This training is not specific to witnesses with dementia, it is about the complexities of engaging older adults in the criminal justice process.
- Link individuals with cognitive impairments or psychiatric problems to health services with the Dedicated Mental Health car.
- Create an internal alert protocol on missing vulnerable persons, including people suffering from dementia and other cognitive disabilities, in partnership with Engineering and other City departments.
- The system has been operational with Engineering since summer 2013, with plans to expand to Vancouver Public Library, the Park Board, and other City departments in 2015.
- Utilize all 20 City firehalls as places where vulnerable people, including seniors, can go for safety, first aid, or referrals.
- Resumed and expand the "Eye Watch" initiative to train key frontline City staff about enhancing safety: approaching or responding to lost or confused people (including those who may have dementia or other cognitive disabilities), and being a good witness. Two Eye Watch Video's have been completed: