Lisbon Police (WGME)

LISBON (WGME) — People with developmental disabilities and dementia are getting a helping hand in Lisbon.

The town’s police department is launching two new programs.

The first program, a developmental disabilities registration program, will allow first responders to know in advance when someone in the home has a mental illness and what actions might cause the person to become upset.

The second, a wanderer registration program, is designed to help police launch a search in the event someone goes missing.

“So, by getting a person’s vital information ahead of time, it can just save first responders a lot of time which could eventually and obviously save a life,” Lisbon Police Chief Marc Hagen said. “We’ll have all the information here securely at the Lisbon Police Department. We can get it, even pull it up on our way to a call.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the programs can call Lisbon Police or stop by the station to pick up the forms.

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