by Sergeant Lisa McKean, San Diego Police Department
The Take Me Home Program is a regional photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff's Department and accessible by all Law Enforcement in San Diego County. It is designed to assist during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome or any other developmental disabilities.
The program gives Law Enforcement access to critical information about the enrolled individual. The Take Me Home Program provides emergency contact information, physical descriptions, known routines and special needs of the enrolled individual. This information can assist Law Enforcement in communicating with, locating a residence, or handling an emergency involving an individual with special needs. This program has photo recognition technology attached to it. If an individual is located and cannot communicate, a photo of the individual can be taken in the field, sent electronically, and checked against those in the Take Me Home Program.
How to enroll: Caregivers can enroll special needs family members, friends, or clients online at www.sdsheriff.net/tmh or by calling a Crime Prevention Specialists at their local Sheriff’s Station or Substation