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Downers Grove Police introduce special needs ID program

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department announced a Special Needs Identification Program for Downers Grove residents who may be at risk of becoming confused, disoriented, lost or missing.

People of any age that suffer from Alzheimer's, dementia, Down's syndrome, autism or those at risk of wandering and have communication difficulties are eligible to participate, the village said.

The program will enable police to make faster identifications, reunite family members quicker, and provide help to people with special needs, according to the village.

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.

Residents who would like to register or receive more information can contact officer Larry Vacala at 630-649-1227 or officer Thomas Powers at 630-327-4839.

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