Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLPD begins SAFE program for seniors

 


The Moose Lake Police Department has started a SAFE (Senior Assistance Freedom Enrichment) program for senior citizens or others with special needs.

According to information from the police department, “The Moose Lake Police Department recognizes that members of the community may need to connect with someone on a daily basis to confirm that they are well and SAFE. The program gives those who register an opportunity to call the MLPD daily and briefly check in.

“Citizens who want to voluntarily register for the SAFE program must complete a registration form. A copy of the form is maintained in the police department’s records. The participant displays the original document in a prominent area of their home.”

Qualifications for eligibility in the SAFE program:

- Resident of the city of Moose Lake;

- Complete a SAFE program registration form;

- Citizens identified with special needs are those who are above the age of 60 years old, suffering with physical and mental infirmities and also those over the age of 18 years old who are physically and mentally handicapped.

Those who are enrolled in the program must call the police department at (218) 485-8404 between the hours of 8 a.m and 11 a.m. If the department does not receive a call, someone from the police department will call the person.

If the person does not answer the call, an officer will be sent to check on the person’s welfare.

“I think this is a great opportunity to help the elderly stay independent and in their own homes,” said Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm in a telephone interview. “We want to let the senior citizens of our community know that the police department cares about them and are here to help them.”

Chief Bogenholm said he heard about the success of the program in Eveleth when he attended a police chiefs’ conference in St. Cloud recently.

“The chief there started the program and received a lot of positive responses,” said Bogenholm. “This will be a great service to help the senior population, something that always has been an interest of mine.”

 

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