CAMDEN, NJ — Heatwaves. A global pandemic. Food insecurity. The Camden County Police Department (CCPD) says such hardships can be even more challenging for seniors. 

With the launch of Senior Watch, the department will look to take a more conservative effort to safeguard any who are isolated or believe they need help. 

"We have a vulnerable population of seniors, who we care about greatly. We know they may have issues with the high temperatures and can also be targets for fraud, so we wanted to reach out," CCPD Captain Zsakhiem James, who leads community efforts for the department, told TAPinto Camden. 

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The program, which you can register for here, is for Camden city seniors aged 70 or above, seniors living alone outside a long-term care living facility and disabled individuals. 

"It was loosely started years ago during inclement weather conditions...this program now creates a permanent structure around the initiative and a registry for us to reference at a moments notice," said county spokesman Dan Keashen. 

From something severe like life conditions threatened by extreme weather conditions to simply delivering a facemask amid the pandemic, Keashen said the program is wide-ranging. 

James said those living outside of city can still submit a senior in Camden for the program.  

"This has been in the works for a while now, as we try to leverage technology to our advantage and help build relations in the city," he said. 

To learn more about the initiative visit seniorcontact.camdenpd.com/contact.

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