The Vulnerable Person Registry is a free service offered by the Cornwall Police Service that is used to provide police and other emergency services with vital information that can be used to locate or communicate with a vulnerable person during an emergency situation. Caregivers and family members can submit information about a vulnerable person through our online registry, providing police with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, favorite attractions or special needs of the vulnerable individual. This information can assist officers in communicating with, attending a residence of, or dealing with an emergency involving a vulnerable individual.
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:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- An acquired brain Injury
- A Mental Health condition
- Increasing age
- Social isolation
This could also include a person with:
- A tendency to wander
- The inability to communicate
- Fascinations or attractions (water, construction sites etc.)
- Unusual social responses (fear of strangers, aggression)
Family or caregivers of a vulnerable person living in Cornwall can register. The registration can also be submitted by a vulnerable person.
You may complete the registration online or download a printable form to drop off at the police station (located at 340 Pitt St.) by visiting our Forms page and downloading the Vulnerable Person Registry forms.
During the registration, you will be asked to provide information such as:
- Date of birth
- Physical descriptors (Include marks, scars and/or tattoos)
- Contact information
- Special needs
- Best methods of approach
- Objects of attraction
- A photo of the persons face. (Please note that the photo must be in JPEG (.jpg) format).
Please have all of the information available prior to starting the online registration process as the page will timeout after 30 minutes.
In the event of an emergency, responding officers and other responding emergency service workers will have immediate access to this registry. This can help provide vital information in a timely manner and reduces the likelihood that critical information is not overlooked.
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