The “Operation Safe Return Program” assists emergency personnel with obtaining vital information about residents who wander off or otherwise become separated from their families or caregivers. Residents that are unable to communicate who they are or where they live are ideal candidate for inclusion in this program. Example of reasons that someone may participate in the program are that they suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, are deaf, or mute. The department issues a bracelet and ID card free of charge to participants registering for the program.
Upon registration, the department takes a photo of the participants and gathers information on a personal history form. If another community member finds the resident in a state of confusion or separated from their family or caregivers they can contact the police department. The department will then use the information on file to assist with identifying the appropriate person contact person ensuring the person and their loved ones are reunited.