Across the Sacramento Valley, police agencies respond to calls involving missing or found individuals with special needs who cannot identify themselves or communicate information about their needs or who provides for their care. When police arrive, information is the critical element to provide for the safety of the person involved; information that is timely, accurate, searchable, and accessible across the entire region.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office provides a way for parents, guardians, and caregivers to enter information about their special needs people into a confidential database, accessible only by law enforcement personnel when they require the information in the performance of their duties. It is a database hosted by the Sheriff’s Office and currently used by all police agencies throughout the Sacramento region. The Take Me Home Safely Program is intended to serve, people with developmental disabilities or medical conditions that may increase their risk of wandering or becoming lost, and those who may be unable to identify themselves or provide accurate information about their immediate needs.
Registering for the Take Me Home Safely program requires submitting information and a photograph or picture in an electronic file format (JPG or PNG) to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office through the Take Me Home Safely portal or through a participating non-profit. Any information provided to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is provided voluntarily for law enforcement purposes, and the provider and subject waive any and all claims against the County of Sacramento arising out of the voluntary disclosure of said information. Timely, accurate information is the responsibility of the reporting party. At minimum, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office recommends that the voluntarily provided information be reviewed annually and updated whenever there is an information change. Should the registered individual become lost, law enforcement will use the voluntarily provided information to reunite the registrant with their family or caregiver.
Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor and a violation of CA PC 148.5(C), and can be punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year and a fine up to $1,000.00.