Residents of Mohave County who could also be fearful a few susceptible beloved one wandering off can now get help by means of the new Take Me Home program from the Sheriff’s Office.
The Take Me Home program, initially developed by the Pensacola Florida Police Department, was dropped at northwestern Arizona by MCSO Search and Rescue to help individuals who might have particular lodging.
What finally turned a four-year course of to implement the brand new program was partially motivated by the 2018 loss of life of an 8-year-old autistic boy whose physique was recovered from the Colorado River after wandering from his Bullhead City dwelling a day earlier.
“We figured there’s got to be a way to improve our response and we can look for at-risk individuals, especially autistic kids,” mentioned Bob Rose, commander of Kingman Search and Rescue.
The program is free to any Mohave County resident who could have bother speaking and is especially geared toward people who could also be at elevated threat of wandering together with these with autism, Down syndrome and different cognitive or developmental disabilities, like seniors affected by dementia.
“It’s going to help us save lives, it’s going to help us find at-risk individuals, in our minds, a lot faster,” Rose mentioned.
All of the data within the database will stay confidential and be maintained by the MCSO and might solely be accessed by legislation enforcement. If legislation enforcement finds somebody who can not talk the place they dwell, they’ll search the database by description and return the individual to their family members. The system additionally works in reverse — if somebody goes lacking, their image and outline are instantly obtainable to responding legislation enforcement.
In the previous, when somebody has gone lacking, the method of gathering all of the related particulars from members of the family can typically be time-consuming and delay the search, Rose mentioned.
“With this program, we should have that information at our fingertips,” he mentioned.
There isn’t any cost for residents to enroll any grownup or youngster on this program however there’s a duty to maintain the system up to date and present, the county mentioned. Therefore, they require anybody enrolling an particular person be both a member of the family or authorized guardian of that individual.
Included for every individual is a present image, top and weight and different figuring out particulars and emergency contact info.
“Especially with kids on the autism spectrum, even something as simple as recommendations about how to approach the child, since they’re all different, will really assist us in bringing these folks home sooner,” Rose mentioned.
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