Take Me Home Program
The Grafton 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 Grafton Police Department for any neighbor who has difficulty communicating. It is intended to serve individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome and developmental or cognitive disabilities. It is also intended to assist senior citizens who may suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
How "Take Me Home" Works
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 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 Village.
In the event the individual is missing the Grafton Police Department encourages loved ones to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible to report the missing person. Be sure to inform police personnel that the individual is registered in the Take Me Home program which will alert the police personnel to access the picture and description immediately for their use or to share with other safety personnel.
While there is no cost to participate, having current information on hand is critical to providing assistance. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that updated photographs of enrolled persons be submitted every six months, and changes to addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts, or other information be communicated immediately.
All updates should be emailed to TakeMeHome@village.grafton.wi.us
For questions about the Take Me Home Program, please contact Bill Schmitz at the Grafton Police Department at (262) 375-5320.