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Police defend GPS dementia plan

Police have defended their decision to buy GPS locating devices to trace dementia patients amid calls from some elder care campaigners for their withdrawal.

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Police defend plans to tag dementia patients

Elderly care campaigners have branded a police force's decision to buy tracking devices for dementia patients as "completely wrong". Credit: Reuters

Police have defended their decision to buy GPS locating devices to trace dementia patients amid calls from some elder care campaigners for their withdrawal.

Sussex Police have bought six battery-powered locators as part of a bid to save money and time spent on searching for missing dementia patients.

The National Pensioners Convention described the introduction of the devices as "barbaric" and suggested sufferers could be stigmatised and made to feel like criminals.

But Sergeant Suzie Mitchell said: "The scheme is only costing Sussex Police a few hundred pounds but, comparing this to police time, resources, potential risk to the missing person, let alone the anxiety and worry for their family, it is, in my opinion, a few hundred pounds well spent."

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