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A COMPENDIUM OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OLDER DRIVER PROGRAMS

 

 

 

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MARYLAND


The Alzheimer's Association teaches a course titled, Safe Return Training Program for Law Enforcement to police recruits at the Prince George's County Police Criminal Justice Training Center. Recruits receive approximately two hours of training in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The program consists of an overview of the disease, wandering, safe return program, frequently encountered situations, and interacting with people who have Alzheimer's disease. Unsafe driving also is addressed during the training session.

Contact:

Sergeant Darren Disque
Prince George's County Police Department
7600 Barlow Road
Landover, MD 20785
Web site: www.co.pg.md.us/
Phone: (301) 952-7213
Fax: (301) 952-7229
E-mail: dmdisque@co.pg.md.us

In March 2003, the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter taught a two-hour Alzheimer's disease training session to officers of the Rockville Police Department. The training sessions consisted of an overview of the disease and how to interact safely and effectively with people who suffer from Alzheimer's. A registered nurse from the Alzheimer's Association presented the curriculum and provided instruction through lecture and video. Driving while impaired by Alzheimer's disease was addressed during the roll-call training.

In addition to training for the officers, the police department offers a yearly "Senior Citizen Academy" for members of the community. During a segment of the academy, traffic officers from the police department discuss safe driving with the senior students and address local driving concerns and questions.

Contact:

Corporal Kenneth Matney
City of Rockville Police Department
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Web site: www.ci.rockville.md.us/
Phone: (240) 314-8909
Fax: (240) 314-8929
E-mail: kmatney@ci.rockville.md.us

The Saint Mary's County Sheriff's Office presents older driver pro-grams to members of the community through the Commission on Aging. The Sheriff's Office provides customized training based upon specific requests. The Traffic Safety Coordinator, Crime Prevention Officer, and Community Service Officers conduct the training classes at no cost to senior citizens. The classes address defensive driving and how to assess whether driving skills have diminished enough to require individuals to stop driving. A deputy also provides information on local referral systems to include transportation needs. The senior citizens receive information on how to schedule transportation through mass transit, family members, and other social service organizations. Information is provided through local information pamphlets and literature provided through NHTSA and the Maryland Highway Safety Office. In addition to training for older drivers, deputies provide information to adult children of older drivers concerning interaction with a parent when driving skills have diminished and driving becomes too dangerous. The children are provided with steps for interaction and resources to assist in the transition.

The sheriff's office, along with other social service agencies, participates in the cell phone-refurbishing program in which cell phones are donated to the Commission on Aging. The Commission then has the phones reprogrammed for 911 call purposes only. The phones are then donated to older citizens for use in emergencies.

The older driver can access 911 operators at no charge.

Contact:

Deputy First Class Mark C. Clark
Saint Mary's County Sheriff's Office
41650 Tudor Hall Road
P.O. Box 1559
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Web site: www.firstsheriff.com/
Phone: (301) 475- 4200, ext. 1981
E-mail: mark_clark@co.saint-marys.md.us