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Caring cop helps keep pensioner safe

A caring cop has come to the aid of a 93-year-old dementia sufferer after thinking on his feet to keep him safe. 

PC Russ Sutheran came up with the idea of putting a GPS tracker in the pensioner’s shoes after he was repeatedly reported missing from his Birmingham home.

Russ Sutheran

He has always enjoyed his independence but can become confused - thinking he is aged 21 again and living elsewhere - and has led to him getting lost on the region’s buses. 

Bordesley Green neighbourhood officer Russ spoke with his worried family and came up with the innovative idea of placing a tracker within the insoles of his favourite shoes.

He secured hundreds of pounds from the Community Safety Partnership to help fund the technology which means the man’s relatives can constantly monitor his movements. 

Since being introduced just over two years ago it has ensured his whereabouts are always known and no longer has to be reported to police as missing. 

This not only offers reassurance to family members but also reduces the strain on police demand as enquiries can be time consuming and resource intensive.

The thoughtful efforts of Russ were hailed and highlighted by the force at a recent awards ceremony.

Russ said: "It was difficult for everyone because he suffers from dementia but wanted to maintain his independence; I wanted to do something which allowed this but also gave his loved ones some peace of mind.

"The GPS tracker has proved successful as the family have not needed to call police to help find him since.

"I am just glad to have been able to do something to assist, as helping others is what we do as police officers." 

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