Officer David Kaufman of the Boulder Police Department displayed kindness and compassion as he helped locate and assist an elderly woman with dementia who had wandered off. He ended up walking with her for “quite a long time.”
According to Fox News, the Boulder Police Department said they got a call from the 78-year-old woman’s husband saying she had wandered off.
Police were able to locate her due to a tracking device she wore for safety reasons. However, when Officer Kaufman approached her, she said she did not want assistance – she just wanted to keep walking.
“It was clear that she was in need of assistance, but she did not want assistance,” the department wrote Tuesday on Facebook.
So, Kaufman decided to patiently walk with her until she tired. At that point, she accepted a ride home and was reunited with her family.
The department then thanked Officer Kaufman for his compassionate response.
Kaufman’s actions in dealing with an elderly woman with dementia were the polar opposite of the way officers in Loveland, Colorado. handled a similar incident involving a woman with dementia. The Loveland officers were fired after using excessive force on the 73-year-old woman for not cooperating.