Chief John Fisher reminds the community, in recognition of June being National Alzeimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, that the Bedford Police Department participates in the SafeWatch program to help compile information about residents that can help speed efforts to locate them in emergencies.
Bedford Police have participated in Safewatch since 2019. The program provides police with access to Delphi Technology Solutions’ Digital HeadQuarters software, which compiles information about residents at risk for potentially wandering or going missing, including those with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
The SafeWatch software works by storing information that will help police locate a missing individual, like photos, physical description, known places the individual visits, and more. The program is modeled after the state’s Silver Alert program. It also allows the Bedford Police Department to quickly create missing person flyers and BOLOs if an individual goes missing.
Bedford Police officers receive training to use the SafeWatch system and additional training in assisting members of the community who have cognitive disabilities, whether they are juveniles, adults or seniors.
“The SafeWatch Program has enabled us to both improve and speed up our response capabilities when vulnerable Bedford residents go missing,” said Chief Fisher. “I’d like to encourage any family in town to sign up if you have family members who are at risk for wandering or going missing.”
To learn more about Alzeimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, click here.