What is Take Me Home™?
Take Me Home™ is a database developed by the Pensacola Police Department and implemented here in Gladstone, for people who may need special assistance if they are alone or in times of emergency. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders. The system includes a current digital picture, demographic information and caregiver contacts. If a person in the Take Me Home system is encountered by a police officer, the officer can query the Take Me Home system, searching by name or by the person’s physical description. Once the individual’s Take Me Home record has been located the officer has the information at hand to appropriately assist the person.
How does it work?
Police departments make the commitment to use the program and gather and maintain the individual enrollment records. Once the program is in place in a community, families or individuals contact the police department and submit a recent digital photo, description of height, weight, and other demographic information as well as emergency contact information.
This information is placed in a database that can be accessed in cruisers or back at the station. If officers find someone who can’t communicate where he or she lives, they can search the database by description and return the person to their loved ones. The system also works in reverse - if a loved one goes missing, their picture and description is immediately available.
Who is eligible to register for this program?
The registry has been developed with the intent to serve all members of our community who may find their communication abilities challenged or ineffective when interacting with police. The individual may live in Gladstone or may not live in Gladstone but just frequent here. Our goal is to help as many people as possible.
How long will my registration be good for?
It will be good for 1 year. At which time you will need to register with an updated photo.
Will other agencies have access to my take me home registration?
Other agencies will not have access to your registration information. This will be only accessible to Gladstone Officers and Dispatch. We do hope that other agencies will pick up on this program so that it can help not only those who live in our city or frequent Gladstone but also those all over the state.
There is no charge to police departments for the program and there is no enrollment fee.
Take Me Home is voluntary for citizens that participate, and all information is kept confidential.
Bringing you peace of mind
To register please complete each field below and your registration will be automatically uploaded to the “Take Me Home” database. For any further questions please feel free to reach out to us directly.
Devyn is known as a “runner” and despite his parents’ best efforts, he sometimes escapes from home. Once, Devyn was playing in the fenced-in yard; in seconds he climbed the fence and took off. When his father, John, realized he was missing shortly after, he called 911. When he gave Devyn’s name to the operator, she reported that the police had already picked Devyn up and he was on his way back home. Even though Devyn is non-verbal, with the “Take Me Home” program, the first responders knew exactly who he was and where he lived. Because Devyn’s parents enrolled him in the “Take Me Home” program, if he goes missing his information and photograph are immediately available to police.
“I continue to keep a close watch on him but feel comfortable in the fact that if he does manage to escape, the city and county police will know who he is along with a description of where he lives. This is a program that all parents of special needs children should take advantage of.”
---Devyn’s dad, John
Take Me Home - Registration Form
If you need assistance please call our Community Policing & Crime Prevention Officers:
Koren Barden (816) 423-4047 or Megan Blackburn (816) 423-4050