A new partnership will help Saskatchewan law enforcement locate lost or missing individuals in a quicker manner.
At a Regina hotel, the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police signed off on a partnership with MedicAlert Foundation Canada, which will allow officers to access a voluntary, vulnerable person registry.
“It’s just another database,” said SACP President and Weyburn Police Chief Marlo Pritchard.
The registry, or database, will contain access to MedicAlert subscribers recent photo as well as personal information, including identity, physical characteristics and descriptions, attributes, wandering history and behaviour management strategies. The subscribers typically wear an identifying piece.
“It could be a necklace, it could be a watch or a charm bracelet that identify the person as a MedicAlert subscriber,” said Robert Ridge, President of Canadian MedicAlert Foundation.
According to Pritchard, it’s the first time police across the whole province have signed onto something like this and it’s very important.
“Individuals with Alzheimers wander away from their caregivers and it’s getting that information as quickly as we can because they can cover a lot of distance. And I say that from experience.”