Police officers who found a missing man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have been thanked by his wife.

PC James Draper and PC Joe Whitehead from Braintree Community Policing Team helped search for the elderly man after he went missing from his home in Halstead on Saturday afternoon.

But as it got later and the temperature started to drop the pair knew the clock was ticking to find the man.

With the help of the man’s neighbours, James and Joe located him within 30 minutes safe and well.

His wife then thanked them for their assistance.

A welfare check was carried out on the couple to ensure they both had the level of support that they needed.

Joe is new in his career with Essex Police and under the leadership of his tutor, James, he has dealt with a variety of incidents in his first few months.

He said: “It’s a nice part of my job getting to see people reunited and ensuring vulnerable people are home, safe and well is a rewarding experience.”

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Earlier this year the force launched a campaign to increase its number of volunteer Special Constables from 340 to 700 by the year 2020.

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