St. Cloud, FL – This past weekend, the St. Cloud Police Department executed “Operation Senior Santa”.
In efforts to bring a little holiday cheer, police officers delivered gift baskets to local seniors within the community who are part of the St. Cloud Police Department’s “Senior Watch Program”.
“It’s very heartwarming to be able to give back to our greatest generation and to helped build bridges with the department and the community with SCPD’s Senior Watch Program”, said Chief of Police, Pete Gauntlett.
“Police Officers nationwide have had some negative press as of late and this is a way for us to show the public we are human, too,” “We want to share the holidays with our community and we want St. Cloud to be a better place. Our community policing initiatives is just one way SCPD helps give back to those who given so much”.
The Senior Watch Program was established in December of 2013. The program in partnership with the Osceola Council on Aging and Meals on Wheels; it’s designed to assisting the elderly of our community.
The program is geared toward St. Cloud citizens who are 60 years and over, who primarily live alone and may or may not have a medical condition that could prevent them from calling for help.
The program enables police officers on patrol to visit the elderly resident’s homes in order to establish a relationship with them and to make sure their health and well being are being looked after properly.
Any concerning issues that are observed by the patrol officers are reported, depending on the severity, to the Department of Children and Families, Osceola Council on Aging, and/or an immediate family member. The department provides Seniors with emergency refrigerator magnets.
These magnets have the non emergency line for the police department, the senior’s emergency contact information, the ability to attach their medication list, and DNR documents. The magnets assist seniors plan in case of an emergency.
It also provides responding officers and first responder personnel with the proper information so that immediate care can be administered.
The St. Cloud Police Department’s Senior Watch Program was recognized by the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) in July 2015.
The St. Cloud Police Department was awarded the Rocky Pomerance Excellence in Policy Award for the development of the St. Cloud Senior Watch Program.
The Senior Watch Program is free to the community and it provides peace of mind to the individual senior, their family, and friend’s that emergency responders are looking out for their loved ones.
For additional program information, please contact Community Outreach Officer Mark Harper at 407-891-6735 or email@example.com.
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