The Town of Jupiter Police Department has launched a Special Needs Registry designed to enhance our level of service when assisting and communicating with members of our community who have special needs.
This innovative program provides an opportunity for the police department to work directly with parents and caregivers to provide exceptional service to those who have special needs and find themselves in a situation where they need help. Parents and caregivers may voluntarily enroll a person with a medical condition or disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Bipolar Disorder, and Down Syndrome. Adults with special needs may also enroll themselves. Each participant in the program will receive a unique wristband and ID card that will quickly notify officers of their participation in the program. Once enrolled, Jupiter Police Officers will have access to important information regarding individuals with special needs. This will allow the officer to gain insight into the best way in which to interact with the person who is in need of help. For example, if an officer comes into contact with a registered person who is in distress and incapable of effectively communicating his/her name or address, the officer will be able to identify the person by using the wristband or ID card that was issued at the time of registration. This will then allow the officer to better understand how to communicate with the person and connect with parents or caretakers.