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Program created in Annapolis to help police recognize individuals with social difficulties

Posted at 4:47 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 18:29:03-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Like many police departments, Annapolis Police do not focus solely on violent crime.

Sometimes police have to help find missing children and adults. Annapolis officers have started a new two pronged program called Annapolis Cares Project Lifesaver. One part is to help police recognize certain citizens in the community that may have some social difficulties like Alzheimer's or autism.

This can clear up confusion for the officer because something like autism can be confused with someone being uncooperative or surly.

"It's to let the officer know that this is a person, no they are not being rude to you, no they are not just walking away and ignoring you that's their condition."

Many people with these difficulties may wonder off and finding people quickly is paramount.

Back in 2013, a vulnerable adult wondered away and was found two days later. They were lucky this time, he was found alive.

Police give people a little transmitter to wear as a bracelet so they will be easy to locate.

The program is on a volunteer bases and information will not be shared with anyone. According to the department, the average person can be located in under an hour.