The Community Care program is a free service offered to those persons who need periodic contact to ensure their safety and security. The contact can be made daily or just on weekdays, depending on the needs of the citizen.
Citizens who are eligible for this program include:
Persons with life-impairing disabilities
Persons without local contacts to check on their welfare
Between 9:30 and 11 a.m. each day, a computer places an automated telephone call to check on the status of those citizens who are registered with the program. If the citizen needs no assistance, they press the number 6 on their telephone and hang up. If they require assistance, they press the number 9 on their telephone to request that an officer responds to their location.
If there is no answer or the citizen hangs up without pressing a number, the system will notify the GPD Communications Bureau, which will dispatch an officer to the citizen's home to check on the citizen. Citizens who know they will not be home during the time scheduled for the automated call must call the Communications Bureau (in advance if possible), to let them know they are okay so an officer will not be sent to check on them.