The West Orange Police Department has implemented Take Me Home, a registration/tracking program that helps law enforcement locate seniors, special-needs children and others who are at high risk of wandering off.
The program can help find someone who has run, wandered or just walked away
from a location within the township and ease in their safe return. The Take Me Home
program is helpful for people who are nonverbal or easily disoriented. This includes those
who suffer from Autism, Dementia, Deafness, Alzheimer’s and other developmental disabilities. The program is strictly voluntary and not limited by age or disability.
In the Take Me Home program emergency information, photos and other descriptive
information supplied by family is put into a database. This helps police officers and
other emergency personnel save valuable time and contact family members or
caregivers quickly. The database gives police access to information about the at-risk individual
including diagnosis, method of preferred communication, favorite attractions or
locations and any other behaviors that might help first responders.
To register, complete the attached form and return with a recent photograph. The information is only available to members of this agency. Participants can scan the registration and email it to the West Orange Police Department with the attached picture. Email information and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. To have information picked up, contact Officer Chris Jacksic at 973-325-4045 or Captain Tim Brennan at 973-325-4007. Information may also be submitted in person at Police Headquarters, 60 Main St., the Timothy Groves substation, 92 Washington St, or the Valley substation located at 549 Valley Rd.