INFORMATION RELEASE

Subject: At-Risk Community Program
Date: 2021-03-16
From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #N/A
Summary:

The Juneau Police Department (JPD) is dedicated to ensuring that community members can live safely and without fear.  At times, our officers and dispatchers work calls for service with individuals who are “at-risk” for a number of reasons.  An “at-risk” person can range from a teen with profound autism to an elderly person with severe dementia and many reasons in between. During these interactions, our ability to communicate effectively is of the utmost importance.  If someone is non-verbal, unable to tell us where they live, or unable to indicate their emergency contacts’ information, this can hamper our ability to care for them effectively.

As a means to address this communication gap, JPD is starting the ARC (At-Risk Community) Program.  This program allows family members or caregivers to complete a simple form with basic information about the at-risk person in their care.  This program is completely voluntary, and caregivers can withdraw from the program at any time.  We ask that caregivers provide some basic personal details regarding the at-risk individual, a short description of their behaviors or topics that have both positive and negative effects, and a photograph of the individual.

The gathered information will be stored internally at JPD and will not be shared with anyone outside of JPD.

To register for the ARC Program, please go to the JPD website: https://juneau.org/police/arc. and click on the registration form. The form can be dropped off to JPD during normal business hours.  If completing the form electronically, it can be emailed to arcprogram@juneaupolice.com.

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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