Allen Police have launched a new program, called Project H.O.M.E., to help first responders identify children or adults who are unable to communicate their names or addresses due to a cognitive impairment. This includes individuals with autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome or a traumatic injury.
Project H.O.M.E. stands for “Help find Our Missing and Endangered.” The police department decided to launch the program after encountering multiple individuals who had wandered away from their homes, including an adult with autism and an elderly man with dementia.
To register, the special needs individual (aided by a caregiver) completes an information sheet and poses for a photo at Allen Police Headquarters (205 W. McDermott Drive). Officers input the photo, physical descriptions, and other information into a specialized database.
If the individual is found wandering, police can search the database for individuals who match their physical description. With photo identification, medical information and emergency contacts easily accessible, police will be able to return the individual to caregivers quickly and safely.
To learn more about registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.509.4350.