Alzheimer and Dementia A Police Prespective

Alzheimer and Dementia A Police Prespective

12-10-19 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 North University Street Poplar Hall P101


Brian Fengel, Director
Illinois Central College-Peoria Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
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Alzheimer and Dementia
A Police Perspective

Instructor: Gail Sullivan

December 10, 2019
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: December 3, 2019
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

This training has been designed with the purpose of addressing the issues that concern law enforcement regarding Alzheimer and Dementia. As America ages, interaction with  citizens with dementia and Alzheimer will increase significantly. Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms including impaired memory and thinking. It is a term that is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging. However, issues other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory, ability to reason and make good judgments.

Law Enforcement  may interact with citizens who have Alzheimer and dementia as indecent exposure, shop lifting, auto accidents, false 911 reports but most often calls are for the affected citizen wandering from their homes or residential facilities. Many jurisdictions have instituted the “Safe Return” program, which has proven to be very effective. This growing issue must be addressed by law enforcement and the community. Traditional law enforcement techniques are not adequate to serve these citizens or their families.

Course Content

Course Goals:  For participants to more fully understand these conditions the training will address the following skill sets. It will include, but not be limited to:

  • Increased ability to communicate with citizens with dementia/alzheimer
  • Changes in the functioning brain of people with dementia/alzheimer
  • Be better able to understand the signs of dementia/alzheimer
  • Understand the common differences between dementia/alzheimer
  • Be able to communicate during an encounter a person with dementia
  • Be able to develop a program to stop unwanted 911 calls
  • Understand the strategies to avoid dementia/alzheimer for all
  • Assistance in developing a “Safe Return” program in the jurisdiction
Instructor Biography

Gail Sullivan is a 1978 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago holding an undergraduate degree in Sociology. In 1986, she was awarded a Masters of Arts degree from DePaul University of Chicago in Human Services, Guidance and Counseling. She has worked in the field of social services in various capacities for more than two decades. Throughout her career, she has addressed the issue of child abuse and its effect upon victims, offenders, families, professionals and society. As an administrator of a child welfare agency, she provided vision and direction for one of the first residential facilities for sexually reactive children in Illinois. She has provided program development that increased the revenue and programs of a nonprofit agency over 300%. She has developed curriculums to meet State standards for professionals who provide intensive emergency services. As a clinician, she provided individual, family and group therapy regarding sexual abuse and related dysfunctions. As a conference lecturer, she has provided professional training to a variety of public and private social services agencies, municipal school systems, Cook County Juvenile Court, Cook County Adult Probation, the Chicago Police Department, and the Department of Children and Family Services. As a training provider through Western Illinois University, she provides certification training for Illinois Youth Officers through The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Ms. Sullivan has testified as an expert witness for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office in both Juvenile and Criminal Court in the area of sexual abuse of children. She has served on The Cook County State Attorney’s Task Force on the Mass Molestation of Children and currently been appointed to the Cook County Child Death Review Team

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following: TBA