The North Reading Police Department announces the implementation of “Silver Alert” program. The Silver Alert program is a national concept to enable a more rapid response to people that have cognitive disorders that have wandered away from their home or caretaker. The program begins with a registration form that is filled out by a loved one or caretaker and then submitted to the North Reading Police Department either directly or through the North Reading Elder Services. This registration form would include information to help first responders locate the missing person by already having certain biographical information stored at the police station.
This program is strictly voluntary, however, it is strongly recommended as having this type of information will save time when a person goes missing. This program is geared to residents that have Alzheimer’s disease or some other cognitive impairment that might cause a person to wander and become lost. According to medical experts, sixty percent of people with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point. The information provided by this registration form will lessen the response time which is essential in trying to ensure a safe return of the missing person.
The registration form is available through the North Reading Police Department’s website (NRPD.org), the police station, Silver Alert Registration Form or the North Reading Senior Center. The completed form can be dropped off at the police station, mailed to: 150 Park St, North Reading, MA 01864 or left with Mary Prenney at the North Reading Senior Center. Questions or concerns can be brought to Sgt. Derek Howe either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone at 978-357-5064