East Ridge residents encouraged to sign up relatives with disabilities for 'Take Me Home' program

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The East Ridge Police Department is encouraging residents to sign up family members with disabilities like autism or dementia for a newly adopted "Take Me Home" program.

The initiative creates a protected database of residents who may have trouble communicating with law enforcement officials and lack ID in case of an emergency. It includes a recent photo, a home address and contact information of a caretaker to help identify an individual who may be lost and return them home.

According to the Take Me Home website, information like "the most likely places where he/she would go to, as well as triggers, stimulants and de-escalation techniques" are also included.

Police Chief Stan Allen said he first heard of the program at a Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police meeting and later spoke with the Chattanooga Police Department, which was already using the system.