Police promote "vulnerable person registry" after increase in missing persons cases
Peel police are stepping up promotion of a special registry because of an increase in missing persons cases involving those who are considered "vulnerable."
The "vulnerable person registry" asks caregivers to provide information about someone who has a mental or physical condition that leads to a tendency to wander, inability to communicate, a fear of strangers or aggression.
The registry asks for information on places the person is known to frequent and has been found in the past.
Police say the registry can help save time when officers are called out to look for a vulnerable person who has gone missing.
"Time is everything," says Sgt Matt Small. "Especially in instances when someone suffers from a medical, mental or physical condition."
He says if someone is missing in cold, winter weather for too long, "it could be fatal."
For more information on the vulnerable person registry, go to the peel police website.
York region has a similar program. Toronto police do not have such a registry.