TAKE ME HOME PROGRAM
Take Me Home Program is a program created by Pensacola Police Police Sgt. James Donohoe for adults and children who may have difficulty communicating due to a developmental or cognitive disability who may need special assistance if they are alone or in times of emergency. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders. The program was implimented by the Guilderland Police Department in in 2012. It is voluntary for citizens to participate, and all information is kept confidential. There is no charge and there is no enrollment fee.
The Take Me Home program includes database maintained by the Guilderland Police which includes a current digital picture, demographic information, caregiver contacts and any addition important information for the person in need. If a person in the system is encountered by a police officer, an officer can query the database in the police station or while out on the street in the patrol car. By searching by name the officer can locate the persons information and take necessary steps to get them back home to their loved ones. In the event an officer comes into contact with a person where their name cannot be obtained they can enter the persons physical description to narrow down and identify the person they have with them.