JPD launches At Risk Community Program

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Police Department has implemented  an “At Risk Community Program.”

    Lieutenant Krag Campbell says in a release that the department is dedicated to ensuring that community members can live safely and without fear. 

    “At times, our officers and dispatchers work calls for service with individuals who are “at-risk” for a number of reasons,” he says.   “An “at-risk” person can range from a teen with profound autism to an elderly person with severe dementia and many reasons in between. “

    During these interactions, the lieutenant says their ability to communicate effectively is of the utmost importance.  “If someone is non-verbal, unable to tell us where they live, or unable to indicate their emergency contacts’ information, this can hamper our ability to care for them effectively”

    As a means to address this communication gap, Lieutenant Campbell says the department launched the program.  He explains that  the  program allows family members or caregivers to complete a simple form with basic information about the at-risk person in their care.  He adds that the  program is completely voluntary, and caregivers can withdraw from the program at any time.  “We ask that caregivers provide some basic personal details regarding the at-risk individual, a short description of their behaviors or topics that have both positive and negative effects, and a photograph of the individual.”

    He says the gathered information will be stored internally at the department and will not be shared with anyone outside of  the department.

    To register for the program, to the department’swebsite: https://juneau.org/police/arc. and click on the registration form.  The form can be dropped off to police department during normal business hours.  If completing the form electronically, it can be emailed to arcprogram@juneaupolice.com.

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