On the UN International Day of Older Persons, (Tuesday, October 1), Sussex Police re-affirmed the force’s commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of older people.
International Day of Older Persons aims to stand up to ageism and those behaviours which victimise the older members of communities.
In July, 2019, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) released a report on all police forces across England and Wales seeking improvements in service delivery for older victims of crime.
Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said: “We welcome the findings of the recent HMIC inspection report which presents some national recommendations to improve service delivery and safeguarding for older victims of crime.
“We will monitor the progress of National Police Chiefs’ Council work in developing a consistent national definition of an older person and we have already started work to develop our response to the inspection findings through our public protection teams.”
Sussex Police works hard to protect the elderly from crime. Prevention teams liaise closely with communities to reduce and prevent crime, such as fraud, which is increasingly targeted at older people.
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne commented: “Research shows that nuisance calls, scams and financial coercion are the biggest concerns for older residents and in counties like Sussex, it is the 75+ age group that has proved most vulnerable to these crimes.
“I am pleased that Sussex Police continues to work hard on initiatives like Operation Signature which has been recognised by HMICFRS as good practice in identifying and supporting vulnerable victims of fraud.
“We must continue to provide preventative measures to support and protect older residents from being targeted by criminals in the future. This is why I funded two fraud caseworkers, who helped and supported 638 people last year alone, none of which have fallen victim to fraud since.”
To find more information on support services available for older and vulnerable victims, visit: safespacesussex.org.uk/
For further information on how to spot and prevent frauds against the elderly and vulnerable see the Op Signature pages on the Sussex Police website: sussex.police.uk/advice