Dementia Incidents (4208_13)

Further to your email, received 8th October 2013 Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing this response.

Please note that these data are the closest we hold to your request. They should not be interpreted as representing anything other than as described in this response.

Request

I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act please. I am outlining my query as specifically as possible, if however this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me.

Please could you tell me, for 2010, 2011 and 2012;
1.How many incidents in your Force area involved someone with dementia? If you are able to search incident records in order to find this information please use the key word Alzheimer’s as well as Dementia.
2.If possible, please state how many of these incidents involved someone with dementia showing aggressive or violent behaviour, or resisting treatment (for example resisting being taken to hospital).

Response

Please find below our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

Search completed using the parameters  – Alzheimer and Dementia for years 2010  / 2011/ 2012

 

2010

2011

2012

Grand Total
ALZHEIMER

114

87

113

314

ALZHEIMER/AGGRESSIVE

0

4

1

5

ALZHEIMER/VIOLENT

0

0

1

1

DEMENTIA

582

596

688

1866

DEMENTIA/AGGRESSIVE

13

12

9

34

DEMENTIA/AGGRESSIVE/VIOLENT

1

1

1

3

DEMENTIA/REFUSED MEDICATION

0

0

1

1

DEMENTIA/REFUSED TO GO WITH AMBULANCE

1

0

0

1

DEMENTIA/REFUSED TREATMENT

0

1

0

1

DEMENTIA/VIOLENT

13

18

13

44

Grand Total

724

719

827

2270

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

www.west-midlands.police.uk/advice-centre/accessing-information/freedom-of-information/review-and-appeals

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Michelle Richardson
Freedom of Information Unit

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