Project Reunite is a local photo-based information system hosted by the Palm Beach Police Department. It is designed to assist Palm Beach Police Officers (and other authorized law enforcement entities) during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, deafness or any other Developmental Disabilities.
The program promotes communication and gives our agency access to critical information about the individual enrolled. Project Reunite can provide Law Enforcement with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, and a photograph of the individual, known routines, favorite attractions, or special needs of the individual. This information can assist Law Enforcement in communicating with, locating a residence for, or handling an emergency involving an individual with special needs. If an individual is located and cannot communicate, a photograph of the individual can be taken in the field, sent electronically and checked against those in Project Reunite database for similar or match.
How do I enter the program?
The easiest way to enter is by clicking HERE and REGISTER ONLINE NOWor the link on the page. This allows you to register for the program and submit a photo electronically from a desktop computer.
The system is designed that once you register via a valid email address, you will receive annual renewal notification on the date of birth of the individual in the system. This will be a reminder to check your entry, update it with any critical information or changes that have occurred over the last year and also submit an updated photograph of the individual.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Project Reunite?
The registry promotes communication and gives Palm Beach Police Department quick access to critical information about a registered person with disabilities in a police emergency by capturing information such as a full description, routine/favorite attractions, communication, emergency contact information, as well as other special needs the registered person may require.
Who is eligible?
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.
Can I submit my form & photo online?
Yes - When you register online you will be directed to submit a photo. Passport style photos taken from the shoulders up work best.
As soon as I send the registration, will the information be immediately available in case police response is required?
Not immediately. The registration will need to be reviewed by Town staff prior to being entered into the database. The delay should be minimal.
Who has access to my loved one's profile?
Only Palm Beach Police Department authorized employees who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to the information. There are strict regulations with respect to accessing and disseminating information.
Can I update my profile more than every year if there are changes? How do I do that?
You may, however, only information that has a significant impact on policing response will be necessary. Some examples would include a change in address, diagnosis, or emergency contact.
Will I be notified when the annual renewal is required?
If you have registered with a valid address you will be notified annually via email on the date of birth of the person entered.
After my child/dependent adult is registered, and if there is an incident, do I need to do something to notify the police?
Yes, please let the dispatcher know that the individual is registered in the Project Reunite database. In doing so, the information will be immediately disseminated to Law Enforcement.
How will this registry help if my child/dependent adult goes missing?
If the individual goes missing and is reported by the parent/guardian, information about his/her physical appearance, the most likely places where he/she would go to, as well as triggers, stimulants, and de-escalation techniques will be sent to all Palm Beach Police Officer and Law Enforcement support staff in the area to look for the missing person.
What guarantees do we have that the interaction between our child/dependent adult and the police will be positive once he/she is registered?
What the program allows is the ability for Palm Beach Police Officers to have necessary & additional information faster to begin searching. Also, if an officer comes across a lost person who is unable to communicate, the officer, if they are able to recognize the condition, can have the database queried for persons on the registry that live in the area.
What is important to remember is that simply having a person in the registry is not necessarily going to change Palm Beach Police response in every instance involving an individual with special needs. We will act according to policy, procedure, and best practice depending on the circumstances presented. Additionally, an individual with special needs can still be arrested, should he or she break the law. In that case, being registered will assist our agency in contacting the family.