Project: Guardians A Community Program Developed by the Riley County Police Department

PROJECT: GUARDIANS is a community program developed by the Riley County Police Department in an effort to help officers on patrol as well as community members, including children, who may need special assistance in the event they are found to be alone, to have wondered away from home or their primary place of care, or in an emergency. This program is designed to help the department provide an appropriate and adequate response to members of the community who are unable to communicate, properly identify themselves, or could be found disoriented or acting in a manner that could be misunderstood by emergency responders.

PROJECT: GUARDIANS is a program intended to serve the Austim and Alzheimer's community (as well as other forms of dementia) in Riley County and began in April 2016 which fell within Autism Awareness Month. 

PROJECT: GUARDIANS is a private and secured database located within the records of the Riley County Police Department and includes a digital picture, personal and contact information, and ways to get in contact with a caregiver. RCPD suggests that caregivers update these records on an as needed or annual basis.       

If a police officer encounters a participant in the PROJECT: GUARDIANS program, the officer can search the database and retrieve important care and contact information. The information made available to officers could include special circumstances or obstacles such as the participant having trouble communicating or the participant not wishing to be touched as well as trigger words and more. Police and emergency responders will also have access to important messages from caregivers such as the participant having an attraction to certain places including bodies of water, wooded areas, or parks. Ways to improve communication with the participant can also be included in this database. Adult participants must agree to particpate in the program unless there is a legal guardian able to make decisions on their behalf enrolling them. 

Applications for enrollment in the PROJECT: GUARDIANS program will first be made available at an Open House event on April 29, 2016  from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This event will allow families, who are interested in the program, to become acquainted with officers at RCPD. Applications will be available on the department website later next month.

The Riley County Police Department would like to thank the Pensacola, Florida Police Department for their expertise and assistance in the development of this program as well as local partners whose input has helped to mold this program into a useful community tool. For more information on this program contact the Communications Manager or the Public Information Officer of the Riley County Police Department. 

Project Guardians Form

Application forms and updated photos can be sent to:

Diane Doehling
Communication Manager
(785) 537-2112 x2352
ddoehling@rileycountypolice.org

For administrative inquires about this program contact:

Alexander Robinson
Public Information Officer
(785) 537-2112 x2310
arobinson@rileycountypolice.org