SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department officially unveiled a new community outreach program, Summit P.D. CARES, designed to serve community members with Autism, Alzheimer's and Dementia. Summit P.D. CARES, stands for Community Policing Awareness, Response, and Engagement with the Special Needs Communit.
The program, conducted in partnership with the Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center -- the regional emergency dispatch center for Summit, New Providence, and Millburn -- was designed after several months of research, training, and collaboration with community partners.
In a press conference outside City Hall, Summit Police Chief Robert Weck detailed four distinct services:
Allows a phone number to be populated with information which will be displayed to an Emergency Dispatcher.
CARES Sticks! - Sticker Alert Program
Allows families to register for a special sticker to be placed on their home's door, a car window, or other structure.
Affords additional confidence that a Police response will be met with advance awareness and preparation.
Administered by the Union County Sheriff Office's K9 Unit, families can apply for location-based wearable so that individuals with cognitive disabilities can be located and returned safely home when lost.
“Summit PD CARES showcases an investment of dedicated resources and highlights our continuing work to enhance our abilities to provide the highest level of professional law enforcement services to every resident of our city and furthers our outreach to residents with Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia,” said Chief Weck. “The lines of communication and information available to our Officers via CARES will help us respond to calls for service with advanced information to help better serve our community.”