Police launch new Jackson program to help non-verbal people get home safely

JACKSON, MI – A new program being launched by the Jackson Police Department aims to…

JACKSON, MI – A new program being launched by the Jackson Police Department aims to help people who can’t easily communicate with officers.

The Take Me Home program is designed to help people who are lost and have cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to tell police where they live, according to a news release. The program is for adults and children with conditions including dementia and autism.

Caregivers can fill out a form online with a person’s name, address, description, condition and emergency contact information, along with a photograph. The information can be used by police to help get someone home, officials said.

All information is confidential, and the program is free for people to join. Police agencies across the country have joined the free program from Autism Society’s Safe and Sound initiative.

Patrol cars have sensory bags with toys, noise-canceling headphones, blankets and communication boards to help officers who encounter a non-verbal or autistic child.

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