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Police Introduce Special Needs ID Program

The Downers Grove Police Department has developed a Special Needs Identification Program for Downers Grove residents who may be at risk of becoming confused, disoriented, lost, or missing. Persons of any age that suffer from Alzheimer's, Dementia, Down Syndrome, Autism or those at risk of wandering and have communication difficulties are eligible to participate. 

The program will enable police to make faster identifications, reunite family members quicker, and provide help to people with special needs. Photographs, emergency contact information, and other personal information relevant to the needs of someone with physical or mental disabilities will be kept on file by the police department. The information will only be used for the purpose of identifying and locating an individual who is reported missing or found wandering.

If you have questions or would like to register for this program, please contact Officer Larry Vacala at 630.649.1227 or Officer Thomas Powers at 630.327.4839.