Safe Return Prog. for People with Developmental Disabilities


What is the Safe Return program?

 The “Safe Return” Program is a participatory regional photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff’s Department. The program is designed to assist Law Enforcement agencies during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, and other developmental and intellectual disabilities, to ensure the special needs person's safe return home. 


How the Program Works


This is a voluntary program where the community can sign a dependent or loved one up online for the Safe Return program. Thus providing Law Enforcement access to data with pertinent information during critical times. The goal is to promote communication and to give field personnel immediate access to needed information about the individual (if enrolled), saving time and perhaps promoting accuracy and awareness of the individual during the contact.

The Safe Return Program provides Law Enforcement with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, physical address, a photograph of the individual, known routines, favorite attractions, and/or special needs of the individual. This information can assist Law Enforcement when contact is made in communicating with, locating a residence for, or handling an emergency involving an individual with special needs that could be missing. This information can be disseminated to all field units as helpful broadcast information.


How to Enroll Your Loved One

  In order to enroll a loved one, you will first need to have a valid email address. The easiest way to register is by clicking the SIGN UP button above. This allows you to register for the program and submit a photo electronically from a desktop computer, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Once you have created an account, you can enroll a participating loved one. When enrolling your loved one, please take the time to be thorough and to provide a good photo. You will not be able to enroll the individual without the pertinent information and a photograph. Please review our enrollment tutorial for additional help on how to enroll someone. Please ensure the photo of the person you are enrolling is:

  • Current or updated
  • Portrait-type (close-up of face)
  • Contains single person
  • Not dark; it has good lighting / colors
  • Not turned or rotated sideways

Once enrolled, please make sure to keep your user name and logon information to provide updated information regularly with recent photos, conditions, and/or physical description changes. If you are not able to enroll online, you may bring the information into your local Sheriff station for assistance.