FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is a vulnerable person?
A Vulnerable Person is defined as a person who may be in need of community care services by reason of mental illness, developmental disability or delay, other disability, age, illness or emotional disturbance and who is or may be unable to take care of himself or herself or unable to protect himself or herself against significant harm or serious exploitation.
Examples of vulnerable persons may include persons with autism, dementia, acquired brain injury, a tendency to wander, inability to communicate, aggression or other unusual social responses.
Who can use the registry?
The registry is available, free of charge, to anyone living in the City of Cornwall who feels they, or someone they know, may be considered vulnerable during times of emergency. A vulnerable person may register themselves, or the parent/legal guardian or other legal authority of a vulnerable person may register an individual who they feel meets the vulnerable person definition above.
Can a vulnerable person who does not live in Cornwall be registered?
Only vulnerable persons residing within the City of Cornwall jurisdiction can be registered. Please check with surrounding police services to see if they have a similar Vulnerable Person Registry.
Who has access to the Vulnerable Person Registry?
The information in the registry is accessible by Cornwall Police Service personnel and is protected under strict regulations for accessing and disseminating the information. During an emergency situation, police may be required to share this information with other police services and/or emergency services such as fire or ambulance.
How is the information used?
In the event a vulnerable person requires police assistance, their physical description, medical history, areas he/she frequents, triggers and de-escalation techniques may be provided to emergency responders to assist in:
- Providing a rapid & effective response
- De-escalating the situation
- Identifying problems and/or safety issues
- Outlining previous police contact
- Advancing medical assessment
- Providing emergency contact information
How do I update the vulnerable person's information?
Renewing and updating the vulnerable person's information is the sole responsibility of the person completing the registration and/or the parent/guardian. It is recommended that you review the information during the month of the vulnerable person's birthday and provide an updated photo. Changes such as a change of address, school or emergency contact can be completed by calling (613) 933-5000 ext. 2773.
Can I remove myself from the registry?
Yes. If you have registered yourself or someone else in the registry and no longer wish to be listed in the registry, simply contact (613) 933-5000 ext. 2718 to have the entry removed.
Ready to register? Click here to register yourself as a Vulnerable Person. Click here to register someone else as a Vulnerable Person.
For more information about our Vulnerable Person Registry, please contact 613-933-5000 ext. 2773.