Julie Flaherty, Acting Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Arlington Police Implement SafeWatch Program to Serve At-Risk Residents
ARLINGTON — Acting Police Chief Julie Flaherty is pleased to announce that the Arlington Police Department has implemented a new program that will help officers locate residents who are at-risk of wandering from home and becoming lost.
Earlier this winter, the Arlington Police Department implemented SafeWatch, a feature of Delphi Technology Solution’s Digital HeadQuarters (DHQ) software, which compiles information about residents ‘at risk’ for potentially wandering or going missing, including the elderly, individuals with dementia and children with autism. The software will store information that will help police locate a missing individual, such as a photo of the person, his or her verbal abilities, and more.
The new SafeWatch software initiative replaces and expands the department’s former program for at-risk residents, which mainly served residents with dementia and the elderly community.
The department is currently working to integrate the SafeWatch program into Arlington Public School district as an optional choice for parents who wish to include their children in the program. Arlington Police are also working with other town departments, including elder services, to gather information to help locate residents should they wander or go missing.
“SafeWatch is an incredible resource that will help us disseminate key information in the event a person goes missing or becomes lost,” Chief Flaherty said. “As residents opt in to the program, our officers are also connecting with more and more members of our community. This software is allowing us to get to know our community better than before, and will help us find a missing person much more quickly.”
The new SafeWatch software will also allow the Arlington Police Department to quickly create missing person flyers and BOLOs in the event that an individual goes missing.
Representatives of the Arlington Police Department attended a focus group at Delphi Technology Solutions in Lawrence on Feb. 19, along with members from the Bedford Police Department. At the focus group, public safety officials shared their experiences and tips for implementing the software.
Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game
The Arlington Police Department will have an informational SafeWatch table set up at the annual “Guns & Hoses” Hockey Game on Friday, March 15.
The Arlington Police Department will have reading material pertaining to the SafeWatch program and SafeWatch forms at its table. Parents, guardians and family interested in adding someone to the SafeWatch program are asked to bring a photo to attach to the form.
All of the funds raised by the annual hockey game between the Arlington Police and Fire Department will be donated to Autism Speaks and other charities that support individuals with autism.
The game begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, with a cap of $20 per family. Children under 10 years old will be admitted for free.