Mangano & Mulvey Announce: Creation of R.E.A.C.H. Program
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey announced today the creation and implementation of the NCPD’s new R.E.A.C.H. (Return Every Adult and Child Home) Program. New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo and New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough were in attendance in support of the program.
The R.E.A.C.H. Program was designed in an effort to provide law enforcement officials with pertinent information and photos of individuals who suffer from a cognitive disorder (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Autism, etc.) should they go missing. After an individual is registered with the R.E.A.C.H. Program, their information including photograph will be stored in a secure web based program, which was created by the NCPD. When law enforcement is notified of a missing loved one the NCPD will disseminate a photo and pertinent information to the NCPD’s Real Time Intel system (RTI). RTI is a website designed to deliver timely intelligence into the hands of those in the operational side of law enforcement and it can be viewed in every precinct, squad, patrol car and many villages. A separate notification will be disseminated to the media through Silver Alert.
In addition, the R.E.A.C.H. program also provides a proactive approach to keeping these individuals safe and returning them to their families. Officers will be able to view the photo and information of registrants in the areas they are patrolling. If while on patrol
they see one of the registrants from their area, walking far from home or heading towards public transportation, they can return them home safely, in many cases before someone realizes they have gone missing.
“The Silver Alert Program has been very successful here in Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “The R.E.A.C.H. Program takes it a step further by having key information and a visual image on hand to disseminate when needed. In addition, it provides our officers with important information about registrants in their area so that they could prevent a registrant from going missing.”
“The NCPD relies heavily on intelligence led policing,” said Commissioner Mulvey. “Having this information at our fingertips is an essential tool that will enable us to cut down on notification time and minimize search areas which will lead to reuniting loved ones in a more expeditious fashion.”
Registration for this program is by appointment only. Interested parties are urged to call the NCPD’s Asset Forfeiture Unit at (516) 573-5775, Monday through Friday 9:00.am. to 4:00p.m. to set up an appointment. Our first three registration dates will be held on June 5th, 12th and 19th, with future dates to be announced. Registration is free and takes just 10 minutes.
"Information is the most valuable tool to give law enforcement when trying to locate a missing person. The REACH program will improve law enforcement's ability to quickly find missing individuals with special needs and return them safely to their families. I applaud County Executive Mangano and Commissioner Mulvey for developing this new system to protect the most vulnerable members of our community," said Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick).
“I applaud Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey on the implementation of this very important program. Many individuals cannot speak for themselves and this is an excellent way of locating individuals who may wander off or get lost and return them safely to their loved ones,” said Assemblyman David G. McDonough.