Chief Hibbs and Mayor Elmore are pleased to partner on a Jacksonville initiative to better support those with disabilities who may need extra help communicating in an emergency situation.
The Take Me Home Program allows for the rapid identification and safe return of citizens who are unable to adequately communicate vital information such as their name and address to law enforcement officers. Those who are registered in this program are placed in a database that officers can access via radio.
Take Me Home is a free service offered to the citizens of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Take Me Home assists individuals who may have trouble communicating, such as individuals with autism, down syndrome, developmental, or cognitive disabilities. Take Me Home is also intended to assist senior citizens who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Review the Take Me Home Brochure (PDF) for more information.
The Take Me Home Program is a database maintained by the Jacksonville Police Department and is only accessible to law enforcement personnel. The system includes a picture, disability, description, and contacts. If a person in the Take Me Home Program is encountered alone by a police officer, or is reported missing, the officer can access the database by name or the person’s description to locate their enrollment record. With the information at hand, the officer can appropriately assist the person.
Step 1: Enrollment
Enroll the individual in the Take Me Home system by filling out the enclosed registration form (PDF) and either emailing a photo or having one taken by our office.
Step 2: Emergency
If a registered individual is found alone by law enforcement and needs help, police will search the Take Me Home database.
If the registered person is reported missing, it is never too soon to call 911, especially if they are disabled. The 1st hour is critical in finding a lost child. Inform the police that the individual is registered in the Take Me Home database.
Step 3: Safety
Caregivers will be contacted immediately to let them know the person has been found.