GPS tagging plan for at risk patients

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Dementia patients in Morecambe and Lancaster who go missing regularly could be tagged as part of a bid by police to protect vulnerable people.

The Home Office has announced £2.2million of extra funding for the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner which could be used to protect people who are vulnerable and help those living in fear due to their involvement with organised crime groups or gangs.

The money could be used for a range of initiatives aimed at preventing vulnerable people falling into a life of crime or joining gangs and ensuring Lancashire Police have the additional resources to pursue criminals likely to cause serious harm.

Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am delighted that the Home Office has awarded this funding so we can further develop our approach to Early Action to tackle major issues right across Lancashire.

“The benefits of this programme centre on reducing vulnerability and crime, improving the wellbeing of our communities and improving the life chances of those involved in or at risk of engaging in organised crime.”

Additional actions include deploying mental health staff within the Constabulary’s contact centre providing vital support at key times; having key workers to reduce re-offending and having extra ambulance workers in each Early Action team to work with high intensive users.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “Early action is all about preventing problems, rather than responding to 
them.”