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Vulnerable People and Seniors

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To ensure citizens feel safe and secure regardless of age or ability, dedicated members working in the Community Engagement Bureau facilitate specialized programs to support vulnerable people across our region.

Safety Programs

Project Lifesaver

The York Regional Police Project Lifesaver program combines radio technology with a co-ordinated police response to locate wandering and disoriented loved ones due to Alzheimer's, autism or other conditions or disorders.

Learn more about Project Lifesaver.

Vulnerable Person Registry

The Vulnerable Person Registry allows an improved police response to vulnerable people who may require emergency assistance due to their condition. It expedites the process of locating and assisting vulnerable residents or frequent visitors to York Region by making essential personal information readily available to responding officers. 

Learn more about the Vulnerable Person Registry

Senior Safety Team

York Regional Police has dedicated senior safety officers who work closely with trained social workers to ensure the well-being of seniors in York Region through crime prevention, education and personal safety awareness. These members provide crime prevention sessions, in-service training and visit seniors in their homes, in addition to hosting Seniors Academy and Seniors Day events.

Crime Prevention Sessions

Senior safety officers provide free presentations on personal safety, safety at home and on the Internet, fraud and scam awareness and elder abuse.

In-Service Training

Senior safety officers provide free presentations to staff at retirement and long-term care facilities and other
organizations regarding policing issues and the well-being of seniors in their care.

Home Visits

After a referral from fellow police officers, community partners, social workers or residents, members of the Senior Safety Team will visit seniors in their homes. These visits are invaluable for seniors coping with mental or physical health issues, seniors victimized by crime or those wanting more information on personal safety.

During home visits, members of York Regional Police will refer seniors to appropriate community support agencies, address safety concerns and teach seniors how to increase their own safety and prevent crime. Issues include:

  • Personal safety
  • Internet and home safety
  • Fraud/scam awareness
  • Crime prevention
  • Elder abuse

Seniors Academy

Seniors Academy is a free program hosted in spring and fall that teaches seniors about crime prevention and
personal safety. Over the course of four two-hour sessions, seniors participate in workshops delivered by guest
presenters on a wide variety of topics.

Seniors Day

Seniors Day is a free event hosted inJune allowing seniors to meet and learn from various community partners in one convenient setting. As an added bonus, lunch is provided free of charge.