Safe Return Program

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February 16, 2020 / Comments (0)

Civic News

The Safe Return Program is a public safety program designed to protect and locate missing persons. A registry database developed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for people who may need special assistance allows officers to match data with lost individuals to reconnect them with their loved ones.

Via the confidential Safe Return Program database, law enforcement agencies across the county can access critical information about the immediate needs of a registered individual.

Safe Return program is voluntary for citizens who wish to participate. All information is kept confidential.

The database will have a profile for each registered individual which will provide crucial information about behavioral considerations, medical conditions, special care instructions, a detailed description of the person, and a photo. This information minimizes law enforcement response time, and maximizes search efforts.

The database will be accessed in patrol cars or at the station. If they find someone who can’t communicate where he or she lives, officers can search the database by description, name, or area.

Once the individual’s profile has been located, the officer will have the information at hand to appropriately assist the person and get him or her safely returned home.

The system also works in reverse:

If a loved one goes missing, a picture and description is immediately available, along with other valuable information, such as the person’s condition and places he or she may tend to wander.

The Safe Return Program is intended to serve people with developmental disabilities and/or medical conditions that increase their risk of wandering off and becoming lost.

These individuals may not be able to identify themselves, their needs, or their caregivers information due to:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Disorders

Registration is FREE and EASY!

Register with the Safe Return Program by going online to the Sheriff’s website at:

www.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/safereturn

Registering online simply requires a user to create an account and submit information about their loved one using the online registration form, along with a digital photo.

– OR –

Contact the Ontario Police Department to register at the station or by an officer in the field.

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