Rich Center brings kids Homesafe

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office was at the Rich Center for Autism in Youngstown on Tuesday registering kids for its Homesafe program.

The program is a database operated by the sheriff’s office to help locate people if they go missing.

It is targeted toward children with autism, those who may be deaf or blind, or anyone with other developmental disabilities.

People also can register elderly family members with dementia.

The information collected could be critical in locating a loved one who has wandered off.

“Any law enforcement agency around can access this if they have a password. It’s protected,” said Deputy Jeff Allen. “We can access the account and be able to see the picture, calming techniques, stuff that can agitate and stuff that’s been beneficial in trying to locate a child or the elderly.”

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene officially launched the program last summer at the Canfield Fair.

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