Wisconsin Dells police help senior citizens, others stay independent
A new program from the Wisconsin Dells Police Department aims to take the worry out of living alone for central Wisconsin residents.
“You Are Not Alone,” the department’s new initiative, will allow community members to sign up for a daily phone call from a dispatch officer. If the resident does not answer after a few calls, an officer will visit the residence to make sure the person is alright.
“I think it’s very important to have somebody you know will be there if you need them,” senior citizen Beverly Maves said. “You just don’t know when you’re going to need it.”
Officials emphasize this program is not solely for senior citizens, and can be used by anyone who lives alone or needs regular check-ins.
Wisconsin Dells Police Chief Jody Ward said the initiative fits in with the department’s recent focus on community policing.
“We want people to feel that somebody cares about them,” Ward said. “People don’t want to leave their house. They want to be independent, and if just a phone call a day from someone who cares gives them that piece of mind, that’s very important for us to do.”