Proposed bill would require police training on dementia

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    State Rep. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton

    Reps. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton, and Thomas West, D-Canton, introduced House Bill 441 on Monday. If approved, peace officer trainees would undergo two hours of instruction on how to identify the symptoms of dementia and how to communicate with such individuals (as well as their caregivers). Officers would be trained on how how address “the behavioral symptoms of dementia, including alternatives to physical restraint.”

    One hour of continuing professional training on the subject of dementia would also be required for officers. 

    State Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton

    “Those who are suffering with dementia deserve to have trained professionals looking out for them and working with them at all times,” Plummer said in announcing the proposed bill.

    West called the training “crucial.”

    “Making sure that our peace officers and first responders are equipped to identify and effectively interact with Ohioans with dementia is crucial,” West said. “Our bill would ensure that they receive the necessary training to handle these situations and ensure the safety of our loved ones with this disease.”

    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.