The Herbert Protocol
From time to time the team are called out by Sussex Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable missing person suffering from dementia. One of the first questions the police may have for the family or carers is “Is the Herbert Protocol information available?”
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person, or the person themselves can fill in. The initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. He died whilst ‘missing’, trying to find his childhood home.
It contains a list of information to help the police if the person goes missing, it may include any medication required, places previously located, and a recent photograph. This vital information may just hold vital information as to the potential whereabouts of the missing person.
Further information can be found at: https://www.sussex.police.uk/herbertprotocol