Carlisle Police launch Handle With Care Registry

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — The Carlisle Police Department just launched its Handle with Care registry so that in the event of an emergency, they have all the information they need to respond.

In an emergency the police don’t always have a full picture of what they are responding to and this can lead to deadly situations as we saw in Lancaster in the fall of 2020.

The Carlisle Police Department is the latest to launch a ‘handle with care registry’.

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“Were we to respond to incidents like this when someone calls us because they need help speaking with a loved one or someone with special needs, it would give us the context to enter into a situation with more information than may be provided to us initially,” said Officer Joseph Rucinsky.

By filling out a form with basic information, a photo, and any special considerations they should know, the police can respond better.

“Whether it’s the type of car they drive, do they have a service animal? What methods do they use to calm down? So getting into a situation that we might know hey you know stay away from these topics or it’s something that can make the situation worse towards these are methods that have worked in the past so we can call an individual and resolve the situation,” Rucinsky said.

Carlisle Police say it’s important to build trust and cooperation with the community.

“We can access this information much like the camera log. We can log into our CrimeWatch page and see hey, you know John Doe is here,” Rucinsky said.

And it doesn’t have to be a dangerous situation. Carlisle Police are receiving calls for missing persons who may have Alzheimer’s disease or a disability.

“We think this is extremely important because the sooner we can locate this person and find them and bring them home, the better not only for them, not only for their family but also for us,” Rucinsky said.

If you would like to enroll a loved one in the Handle With Care registry, click here.

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