Family Finder/At-Risk Residents (IL Premise Alert Program)

The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) allows those with special needs or disabilities, or their guardians and family members, to voluntarily provide personal information to police, fire, and EMS personnel in the State of Illinois dealing with situations involving the individual. The information provided to the Police Department is kept confidential and is stored and maintained in our secure databases which can be accessed by our police officers and Tri-Com Central Dispatch, via our computer aided dispatch (CAD) system and the Frontline Public Safety Solutions’ At-Risk Residents database.

The Illinois Premise Alert Program is a valuable resource which assists police departments by allowing police officers to have a better understanding of the individuals who reside within their communities that may need specialized assistance as it provides the police officers with additional knowledge in advance of the type of situation they are responding to. Furthermore, the Illinois Premise Alert Program enables residents with special needs and their families to establish communications and special bonds with police officers so that police departments can provide a higher level of service that encompasses additional safety measures.

The Police Department has expanded the Illinois Premise Alert Program options to include the Family Finder Program, in that, families are able to provide a photo of their loved one that have the propensity of becoming disoriented and/or lost, generally due to a medical condition. The following are some examples of various conditions that may increase a person's chance of getting disoriented and/or lost or would otherwise be encouraged to be entered into this program:

  • Alzheimer’s

  • Autism

  • Dementia

  • Down Syndrome

  • Hearing Impaired

  • Medical

  • Mental Illness

  • Physical Restrictions

This voluntary program is free of charge and consists of a database containing names of those who may suffer from these conditions that reside within the Village. When you register, you will have an opportunity to provide various pieces of information regarding your family member. Information pertaining to where Illinois Premise Alert participants reside, their place(s) of employment, and where they attend school is organized into one database, which provides the police officers an invaluable resource when they respond to an address where a resident with special needs lives. In the event a family member is lost or found, Police Department personnel will use the Illinois Premise Alert Program database to locate a photo and identifying information about the participant in an effort to expedite the reunion process. This sensitive information may otherwise take time for us to develop when time is a critically important factor in locating a family member.

If you are a family member or guardian of someone who is a resident of the Village and may benefit from being entered into this program, registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, you can contact the Police Department’s Community Action Team.

To register a family member complete the Illinois Premise Alert Program form.

Ways to turn in the completed form:

  • E-Mail: bczechowski@southelgin.com or jcreighton@southelgin.com

  • In-Person (Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5pm) or Mail to:

South Elgin Police Department
Records Desk
10 N. Water St
South Elgin, IL 60177

  • Fax: 847-888-0052 *Note: Faxed photos do not turn out well. If you prefer to send the Illinois Premise Alert Program form by fax, please provide photos to the Police Department via e-mail, mail, or in-person.