During November, BJA joins the nation in honoring our military veterans and supporting Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. BJA, in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has taken steps to expand the connectivity of the law enforcement community to these special groups of citizens.
The Employing Returning Combat Veterans project has produced a set of guidebooks, designed to aid law enforcement agencies and veterans facilitate the employment and reintegration of veterans into our nation's local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies. IACP has made copies of these materials available to encourage more agencies to be proactive in addressing our military veterans.
Persons living with Alzheimer's disease reside in every community in our country and providing them with public safety services becomes especially challenging when a person with Alzheimer's is missing. The IACP Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Initiative is focused on providing education and solutions for law enforcement agencies, caregivers, and communities. A Model Policy for Missing Persons with Alzheimer's Disease provides guidance for law enforcement agencies in understanding why a specialized search is necessary, how the mindset of a missing person with Alzheimer's changes the nature of a search, and successful search strategies. Additional tools and training are also being developed.