The Vulnerable Person Registry allows caregivers to submit vital information regarding people who, due to a medical or physical condition, may be prone to wandering or other activity that may pose a hazard to themselves or others. This information will assist police and other emergency services personnel in an emergency. Specifically, Peel Regional Police is working with persons afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Alzheimer's Disease. Information that can be submitted includes characteristics or patterns of behaviours such as:
The key objectives of this initiative are to improve the safety of vulnerable individuals in the region and to support positive communication between the police and vulnerable persons.
Operational Planning and Resources
This initiative has been in place since April 2013.
The estimated set-up costs of $10,000 consisted of soft costs associated with the time it took employees to develop and implement the project.
After development of the software, the project was phased in by directly contacting community agencies that have direct contact with vulnerable persons in Peel. After approximately six months, a media launch was conducted.
The key outcome will be an improved response to emergency incidents involving vulnerable persons. While there may not be a measurable metric, information will be gathered to determine if the information contained within the Vulnerable Person Registry was useful to the emergency services personnel who responded.
In addition to the use of traditional media and social media (such as Twitter and Facebook), there has been a great deal of work promoting the registry with community groups that interact directly with vulnerable members in society. This interaction has provided the best results.
Initially, we are tracking the number of vulnerable persons registered.