The Herbert Protocol is an information gathering tool to assist the police to find a person living with dementia who has been reported missing as quickly as possible.
Police Scotland have been working in partnership with Scottish Care and Alzheimer Scotland to increase awareness and promote use of the Herbert Protocol and are encouraging people to find out more and pass the information on to anyone that it may be helpful for.
The Herbert Protocol is a nationally recognised scheme supported and endorsed by Police Scotland. The initiative was first developed by Norfolk Police. It is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. George Herbert died whilst ‘missing’, trying to find his childhood home.
This can be used for anyone who has a dementia diagnosis and may be at risk of going missing. People living with dementia often have loss of short term memory but can easily recall memories from decades earlier. Sometimes those who are reported missing are attempting to make their way to a place of previous significance to them.