WOPD to hold special needs symposium

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department will hold a special needs symposium on Friday, April 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive in West Orange.

The WOPD recently implemented Take Me Home, a registration and tracking program that helps law enforcement locate seniors, special-needs children and other who are at high risk of wandering off. This program is helpful for people who are nonverbal or easily disoriented. This includes those who suffer from autism, dementia, deafness, Alzheimer’s and other developmental disabilities. The program is strictly voluntary and is not limited by age or disability.

This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Officer Chris Jacksic at cjacksic@wopd.org or 973-325-4045. For more information on Take Me Home, visit www.westorange.org/tmh. This event is being co-sponsored by West Orange SEPAC, The Arc of Essex County, Alzheimer’s New Jersey, the Special Olympics NJ, the Crisis Intervention Team – NJ, Autism Speaks and Elks Camp Moore NJ.