Take Me Home
Take Me Home
The McKinney Police Department has launched the Take Me Home Program originally developed by the Pensacola, Florida Police Department. Residents may register loved ones who could need special assistance if they are alone or in an emergency. The program is particularly helpful if the individual is unable to communicate or properly identify themselves in the event they become disoriented or if they may act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.
This is a free service offered by the McKinney Police Department for any McKinney resident who has difficulty communicating. It is intended to serve individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, or developmental or cognitive disabilities. It is also intended to assist senior citizens who may suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
How Does Take Me Home Work?
The Take Me Home program is housed and maintained in a secure database accessible only to public safety personnel. Families or individuals are invited to complete a Take Me Home PDF form which provides essential information about the loved one with special needs. The form includes information such as height, weight and other identifying information along with emergency contact information and a photograph. This information is entered into the database which police officers can quickly access while on patrol in the city.
When a police officer encounters a participant in the Take Me Home program, the officer can access the Take Me Home database and search by name or physical description. The search results will display the enrollment information and the officer can help the person return home.
This system can also work in reverse. In the event a participant is missing, the picture and description is immediately available and can be provided to police personnel. In this case the McKinney Police Department encourages loved ones to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible to report the missing person. Be sure to inform the communications personnel that the individual is registered in the Take Me Home database.
For more information about the Take Me Home Program, please contact the Professional Services Unit at 972-547-2716 or by email.