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When someone who is mentally disabled or suffers from Alzheimer’s disease wanders away from their home or care facility, they can easily become lost or disoriented. They may also have difficulty seeking help from others in returning to their home or care facility. This difficulty can be frustrating, embarrassing, terrifying and in many cases, life threatening. The person’s relatives and care givers may also experience fear and anxiety while their loved one is missing.

When the police department finds a missing person, they need a simple and reliable way to determine who the person is and where they belong. “Safe Return” is a program endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, designed to provide law enforcement with vital information that can help in identifying and assisting the participant.

The Petaluma Police Department invites you to register your loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who tends to wander and become lost. Complete this form [Safe Return pdf], and return it to the Police Department in person or by mail to ensure the confidentiality of this personal information. We will maintain a file and a photograph for each participant. If necessary, this data can be used to produce media information to assist in the person’s “SAFE RETURN.”

In order to be eligible for the program, the participant must be a Petaluma resident who is mentally impaired or developmentally disabled so as to have difficulty communicating his/her name and/or place of residence (i.e., dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke victim, etc.). Identification bracelets can be purchased by registering with the MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program by visiting http://www.alz.org/care/dementia-medic-alert-safe-return.asp or calling 1-800-272-3900.


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Ken Savano, Chief of Police
969 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952


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