A child diagnosed with autism is more likely to wander and is at risk with being stopped by police because of this behavior.
Darla Farmer, Hope For Three Founder, saw a need to assist families and law enforcement with tracking and recovering missing individuals on the spectrum. When concerns were voiced to Doug Brinkley, Chief of Police (2012), Sugar Land Police Department, he came up with the perfect solution – the Safe Return Program!
The Safe Return Program was created by the Sugar Land Police department in efforts to assist law enforcement who encounter individuals within the special needs community. Registering with the Sugar Land Police Departments Safe Return Program, allows first responders access to critical information designed to help safely reunite registered participants with their families. The registry is free and voluntary, but the form must be sent annually.
- Participant, or guardian, is a resident of the City of Sugar Land
- Participant attends school, day care, or assisted living within the Sugar Land Police department jurisdiction
- Participant may be unable to communicate basic personal information due to a diagnosed medical disorder
- Participant is prone to wander, or run away, from guardians, residence, or school, due to a diagnosed medical disorder
- Guardians voluntarily submit a completed application and photo with required medical information.