Ind. bill would mandate police Alzheimer's lessons

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 10:05 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker dismayed by a police officer's decision to use a stun gun on a nursing home patient is pushing for police to get training on how to interact with people with Alzheimer's disease.

Republican state Rep. Bill Friend of Macy says his bill is in response to last year's incident in which a Peru police officer used a stun gun five times on a 64-year-old nursing home resident with advanced Alzheimer's.

He tells The Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/WNgkzv ) the man's family asked him to create specific legislation for officers dealing with Alzheimer's patients.

Indiana police officers currently undergo training on autism, mental illness, addictive disorders, mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Friend's bill would require six hours of training on Alzheimer's disease and related senile dementia.

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Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com

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