Take Me Home is an information sharing program originally developed by the Pensacola (FL) Police Department, and it is intended for residents of any age who repeatedly become lost and need special assistance. The information shared and assistance provided may be necessary if the person becomes lost or disoriented and is unable to speak, properly identify themselves, or might act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.
The program includes a current digital picture, demographic information and caregiver contacts. If a person enrolled in Take Me Home is encountered by a police officer, the officer can query an in-house database searching by name or by the person’s physical description. Once the individual’s Take Me Home information has been located, the officer can appropriately assist the person. The system also works in reverse: if a loved one goes missing, the subject’s picture and description are immediately available to responding officers.
Participation in Take Me Home is completely voluntary, and all information is kept confidential. Additionally, there are no fees associated with the program.
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.