Operation Blue Angel offers South River seniors assistance in an emergency

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The South River Police Department is reminding residents of its Operation Blue Angel program, which allows officers quick access to senior citizens and other eligible residents in the event of an emergency.

Operation Blue Angel assists residents who, due to advanced age, immobility, or medical concerns, may be unable to answer their door in an emergency situation. The program is administered free of charge to any eligible resident.

Through Operation Blue Angel, a police department-owned lock box similar to a real estate agent’s lock box is placed outside the residence. A key, supplied by the resident, is locked inside the box. In the event of an emergency, responding police officers are able to retrieve the key by using a code accessed by the Communications Center, allowing officers to quickly enter the home without causing damage, according to information provided by the department. The code is stored securely at all times in our Communications Center and reset to a new code in the event it is used to access the lock box.

Applicants to Operation Blue Angel must meet certain criteria and agree to the following:

• Must be 55 years of age or older, or have a medical condition that is potentially incapacitating

• Must either live alone, or be home alone on a frequent basis

• Must provide a key (or keys) for an entry door to the home

• Must grant the South River Police Department permission to access and use the key during an emergency

• Must complete and notarize a waiver form

The police department maintains ownership of the lock box. If a resident moves, they must notify the department so an officer may retrieve the lock box.

To apply for the program, print, complete and return the following application and liability waiver to police headquarters: southriverpd.org/operation-blue-angel

Operation Blue Angel is one of many no cost programs offered to residents by the South River Police Department. Others programs include child safety seat inspections, the Unoccupied Residence Program, the South River Special Needs Registry, home security inspections, Project Medicine Dropbox and the anonymous tip line.

For more information on these programs as well as the many community events the department offers throughout the year, follow South River Police Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.southriverpd.org.

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