The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department launched an innovative new Take Me Home Program website designed to assist local law enforcement during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, deafness or any other Developmental Disabilities.

It allows family members and caretakers to post photos and other pertinent information about the missing person to the site. That information is then accessible by all local law enforcement agencies in the county.

The Take Me Home Program can provide Law Enforcement with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions and photograph of the individual, known routines, favorite attractions, or special needs of the individual. This information can help public-safety personnel more rapidly track down dependent and at-risk people if they wander off from their homes or get lost during outings. This program also has photo recognition technology attached to it. If an individual is located and cannot communicate, a photograph of the individual can be taken in the field, sent electronically and checked against those in Take Me Home Program for similar or match.

In 2012, there were approximately 60,000 San Diego County residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. That figure is expected to rise to 94,000 by the year 2030.

For more information on this new community service, please visit the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Take Me Home Registry.