The City currently administers the Premise Alert Program. The Illinois Premise Alert Program (PAP) Act requires public safety agencies with computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems to provide a venue for maintaining information on individuals with non-verbal or non-visible disabilities within their coverage area.
The Police Department’s 9-1-1 center has maintained such a database since 1996. The systems provide informational alerts to first responders of these individuals within the community. In an effort to better utilize the current premise alert system, the Police Department requests that residents and business owners in Highland Park, who employ or reside with individuals with non-visible disabilities complete the Premise Alert Enrollment Form online. This information will be included in the City’s database. All information is confidential and used solely to provide emergency responders quick access to critical information about a registered individual. Information is updated every two years.
The Highland Park Police Department now offers free, voluntary identification bracelets for residents with non-visable disabilities in an effort to provide an enhanced level of safety to our most vulnerable residents. Occassionally, officers are called upon to address incidents where a person cannot communicate who they are or where they live. Voluntary identification bracelets allow emergency personel to more quickly learn about a person’s diagnosis and how to best interact. Highland Park is the first community on the North Shore to implement this service.
All City of Highland Park Police Officers complete annual training to better understand and respond to residents with needs such as autism, dementia, mental illness, diabetes, and other non-visible disabilities. The Identification Bracelet Program was brought to the attention of the City Manager by Mayor Nancy Rotering. This program, in conjunction with the Premise Alert Program, will best serve our residents who are not able to communicate the most basic personal information quickly and clearly.
For more information, please contact Police Department at 847.432.7730.