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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Wednesday September 20th, 2017 :: 11:25 a.m. EDT
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New Program Looks to Find the Missing Faster - South Brunswick Special Needs Registry

New Program Looks to Find the Missing Faster
 
Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced the creation of a new service by the department called the South Brunswick Special Needs Registry. The Special Needs Registry is an effort to provide officers with rapid information in the event a special needs person goes missing. Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “In the past year the department has handled 68 missing person cases, with nearly a third involving special needs persons. Time is of the essence in these cases and this program will enhance our ability to respond.” The program will provide officers with vital information regarding a special needs registrants physical description, specific special needs, emergency contact information, and a photograph. 

The voluntary program is open to all community members with special needs who reside, attend school or are employed in South Brunswick Township. An individual with special needs may include someone with any physical or mental impairment that subsequently limits one or more major life activities. This may include, but not limited to people with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dementia, or any other compromising condition. All information provided on the registry will remain strictly confidential and will only be utilized by first responders during times of emergencies.

The program is simple and easy to use. Residents can register by visiting www.sbtnj.net and completing the Special Needs Registry form. The completed form and photograph can then be emailed to specialneedsreg@sbtnj.net, or delivering / mailing the form to the South Brunswick Police Department located at 540 Ridge Road Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. Once a resident submits a Special Needs Registry Form, the information will be readily available to officers on the computers in their patrol cars as well as in dispatch. When a call is received from an address, police officers and dispatchers will have access to the information about the special needs person living at that address. The officers on patrol can then immediately the person’s photograph and vital information. 

South Brunswick Police will also provide families and residents with special needs decals to affix to their homes and vehicles if they so desire, to indicate they are in the registry.  The presence of a decal on a vehicle will alert the police officer to the possible presence of a special needs registrant in the vehicle or in the home upon arriving at a scene. The use of the decal is completely voluntarily and not a requirement of the registry.

Chief Hayducka added, “Individuals with Developmental Disabilities are seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement then the general public. Individuals who suffer from conditions such as Autism and Alzheimer’s disease often exhibit a diminished sense of fear causing them to engage in high risk behavior such as seeking water or active roadways. Extended missing person cases place special needs people at risk of exposure to weather and environmental hazards. This program provides first responders with another tool to protect our special needs community.”

The information requested to register a special needs person includes the registrant’s personal identifiers such as their name, address, height, weight, emergency contact information, some details about their special needs and a recent photo. The registrant can also elect to provide additional information about themselves such as medical conditions, places frequented, method of communication, calming methods and triggering conditions. 

Anyone with questions about the South Brunswick Special Needs Registry can call 732-329-4000 ext. 7469 or email specialneedsreg@sbtnj.net.
 

Address/Location
South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-329-4646

Lieutenant Ron Seaman
specialneedsreg@sbtnj.net
732-329-4646

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