The North Bergen Police Department and the Act Now Foundation partnered recently to provide first responders Alzheimer’s training to members of the NBPD. Training was conducted via a three-day course of classes and scenarios provided by the Act Now Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps the public recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
“I believe it is imperative for the members of our police department to learn how to deal with a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease,” said Mayor Nicholas Sacco. “I am extremely proud of the way Chief Dowd is leading his department, as he is constantly looking for ways to improve our police force and better serve our residents.”
“Knowing the proper steps to dealing with a person with dementia goes a long way for first responders,” said Police Chief Robert Dowd. “This training will provide members of the department with the tools needed to better handle an already tough situation.”
The training provided by the Act Now Foundation aims to give first responders an expanded knowledge and better understanding of Alzheimer’s through education and skills training. In addition it seeks to enhance the safe and most effective practices in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia response, while identifying the different situation and symptoms that may be present with Alzheimer’s.