TAKE ME HOME PROGRAM
Take Me Home Program
The Celina Police Department has launched the Take Me Home Program originally developed by the Pensacola, Florida Police Department. Residents may register loved ones who could need special assistance if they are alone or in an emergency. The program is particularly helpful if the individual is unable to communicate or properly identify themselves in the event they become disoriented or if they may act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.
This is a free service offered by the Celina Police Department for any Celina resident who has difficulty communicating. It is intended to serve individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, or developmental or intellectual disabilities. It is also intended to assist senior citizens who may suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
How Does ‘Take Me Home’ Work?
The Take Me Home program is housed and maintained in a secure database accessible only to public safety personnel. Families or individuals are invited to complete a Take Me Home form which provides essential information about the loved one with special needs. The form includes information such as height, weight and other identifying information along with emergency contact information and a photograph. This information is entered into the database which police officers can quickly access while on patrol in the city.
When a police officer encounters a participant in the Take Me Home program, the officer can access the Take Me Home database and search by name or physical description. The search results will display the enrollment information and the officer can help the person return home.
This system can also work in reverse. In the event a participant is missing, the picture and description is immediately available and can be provided to police personnel. In this case the Celina Police Department encourages loved ones to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible to report the missing person. Be sure to inform the communications personnel that the individual is registered in the Take Me Home database.
For more information about the Take Me Home Program, please contact the Celina Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org