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This registration is part of the Town of Mashpee’s efforts to implement the Massachusetts Silver Alert Community Response System on a local level.
The Massachusetts Silver Alert Law outlines a set of procedures and communications protocols among state and local public safety and human service agencies. This information helps to identify people with dementia or other cognitive impairment who have wandered or become lost and return them safely to their homes.
The Silver Alert program was signed into law in Massachusetts in 2010, mandating that adults with dementia be treated as missing persons regardless of how long they have been missing.
The fear of a loved one wandering or becoming lost is a frightening thought for anyone who cares for a person with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other memory impairments. Wandering is one of the most common behaviors in persons with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.
Registering an Alzheimer’s/Endangered person before an incident occurs enables the police department to begin search procedures immediately. Collecting information after a person has already gone missing can take critical time away from an effective search.
The Town of Mashpee encourages residents with a loved one with a serious cognitive impairment to register with the Mashpee Police Department.
For further information, please contact the Victim/Witness Advocate at (508) 539-1480 ext. 7253.