Guardian Program

Residents with special needs family members can have peace of mind during times of crisis thanks to the Glenn Heights Police Department’s (GHPD) new Guardian Program.

The Guardian Program is a voluntary, and free, registry for those who may be unable to communicate basic personal information due to a diagnosed cognitive disorder, or are prone to wander away or run away from guardians, home, or school due to a diagnosed medical disorder. Special needs include Autism, Alzheimer's, dementia, or some other mental/intellectual disability.

Why sign up for the Guardian Program?

When seconds count in an emergency situation, the Guardian Program registry allows first responders to have access to critical information designed to help safely reunite families of registered participants. 

 We are requesting that parents/guardians of a special needs child or adult voluntarily submit a completed application with all required medical information and photo at the time of registration.

Complete the Application here

How does the Guardian Program make a difference?

If a special needs child or adult goes missing and is reported by the parent or guardian, information about physical appearance, the most likely places where he or she would go to, as well as triggers, stimulants, and de-escalation techniques will be available to every first responder in the area who is looking for the missing person.  

If the individual has not been reported and is incapable of effectively communicating his/her name to an officer, officers may use the individual's physical descriptors to search applicable registry photos, allowing first responders to make a more timely identification.

Eligibility for the Glenn Heights Police Department’s Guardian Program is based on the following:

  • Participant or guardian is a resident of Glenn Heights  

  • Participant attends school within Glenn Heights Police Department’s jurisdiction 

  • Participant may be unable to communicate basic personal information due to a diagnosed medical disorder  

  • Participant is prone to wander away or runaway from guardians, residence, or school due to diagnosed medical disorder

  • Guardians voluntarily submit a completed application and photo with all required medical information

**You will be required to update the Guardian Program registration information, and picture, every year. If there are changes to your contact information, address, or vehicle during that year, please make those changes immediately.