SAUGUS — Chief Michael Ricciardelli and the Saugus Police Department wish to remind residents of the department’s Safe Watch Program, which supports those in the community who have special needs or vulnerabilities.

This voluntary registry was created for residents with varying needs due to cognitive or physical impairments, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, dementia, mental health disorders and more.

The Safe Watch Program equips police personnel with access to critical information about individuals in the event of an emergency. The registry includes emergency contact information, a detailed physical description, known routines, favorite local attractions, and information on unique needs, as well as a photo of the person.

“The information we are collecting via the Safe Watch Program can help officers respond more thoughtfully and appropriately to any incident involving someone in our community with special needs,” said Chief Ricciardelli. “I encourage anyone who has loved ones with unique needs to take part to ensure our officers respond in the most effective way possible.”

To learn more and sign up, visit