Dracut police will register ‘high-risk’ loved ones


DRACUT — The Police Department will be holding an event later this month to give people an opportunity to register loved ones for its alert program.

The event will be held on May 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the police department, 110 Loon Hill Road, according to lead dispatcher Kate Charron.

“The Dracut alert program is for anybody that’s high-risk in the area. They don’t have to be a resident of Dracut,” Charron told The Sun on Wednesday. “We have a few already that are in some of the surrounding areas of Lowell.”

Back in March, the police department enhanced the program, which allows family members, significant others, and loved ones to come into the police station and pre-register what former interim Chief Neil Ouellette described as “special populations that may be wanderers or autistic children — somebody who may run off and we would have to attempt to locate them.”

As part of the program, people fill out a form and the information they give, as well as a requested photo, are uploaded into a master card system (a records management system used by the department). That way, if a person goes missing, police can immediately pull up critical information.

The information given to police includes pictures, locations the person is known to visit frequently, medications and medical history such as health problems, cognitive delays, vision or hearing impairments, according to a previous release.

Asked how many people are registered in the program, Charron said it was confidential.

“We want to make sure people are aware that their information is strictly confidential,” she said. “Only for emergency purposes only.”

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