In an effort to better respond to calls involving vulnerable persons, the Saskatoon Police Service is launching the Vulnerable Person Registry.
The registry, developed in partnership with Autism Services Saskatoon, allows for critical information to be submitted about a vulnerable person, which may be used during situations requiring police involvement. A vulnerable person is defined as someone who due to a medical, mental health or physical condition, may exhibit patterns of behavior which may pose a risk to themselves or others.
The registry is a pilot project and will begin by accepting registrations from persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Depending on its success, the goal is to expand the registry to include other vulnerable persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or mental conditions which cause a risk.
“The registry will assist officers with tools such as emergency information and special needs,” said Chief Clive Weighill. “That important information will give us a head start if a vulnerable person goes missing or we must attend to their address.”
“This registry will help provide families with greater peace of mind, knowing there is one more thing they can do to support their vulnerable loved one,” said Lynn Latta, Executive Director, Autism Services Saskatoon. “Autism Services Saskatoon is proud to be part of this pilot project.”
Registration can be made by visiting saskatoonpolice.ca.
The registry will officially launch on October 20, 2016. The media is invited to attend a news conference to discuss the project on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in the SPS Headquarters media room.