The Lake Havasu City Police Department would like to make the community aware of our Walk Away Bracelet Program, which has been in place since 1999. The program started almost two decades ago as a way to help identify and locate persons who may have a memory impairment either from a developmental disability, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, or someone who may have suffered from a stroke or other traumatic injury.
A family member or caregiver fills out a form at the police department that includes basic information on each individual. This would include a physical description, date of birth, medical condition, local emergency contact information and the individual’s address. The police department also takes a current photo of the individual. This information is converted to a digital file which is accessible at all times to Lake Havasu City Police officers and dispatchers.
A bracelet may be issued, but not all participants choose to wear the stainless steel bracelet, which is provided by the department. Each bracelet is engraved with a number that can be matched up in our computer database. If someone chooses not to wear the bracelet, we can still search the database in different ways, helping to reunite someone with their family or caregiver.
Although the program was initially developed with the idea of helping senior citizens, it is not restricted to seniors. Any person who can become disoriented and lost due to a medical condition is eligible to participate. Currently there are over 100 community members signed up on the program.
If you would like to find out more information about the Walk Away Bracelet program, please contact the Lake Havasu City Police Department at 928-855-1171 x5335 and ask to speak to Alicia Hernandez.