With the winter months upon us, Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone would like to remind our citizens, especially the elderly and housebound, of an important service offered by the Amherst Police Department and the Amherst SALT Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together), the “R U OK?” Program.
The R U OK? Program is a computerized telephone reassurance program for at-risk seniors that assists elders or disabled individuals who may be housebound, live alone, or need the assurance of a daily phone call to feel safe and secure.
The program utilizes a computer housed in the Amherst Police Station to place a daily call, at a fixed time each day, to subscribers. The specific time of the automated telephone call is predetermined by the individual enrolled in the service. If the subscriber is "OK," he or she simply hangs up the telephone after hearing the pre-recorded message. If the call is unanswered, or if the telephone line is busy, two or more additional attempts at contact are made before the computer puts out an “ALERT REPORT.” At this time, either a contact person or an Amherst Police Officer is dispatched to the home to check on the well-being of the subscriber.
To enroll in the "R U OK?" Program please contact Amherst Communication Center Dispatcher Elizabeth Chudzik at 259-3000 or email@example.com. For additional information concerning this service or any elder program please contact Officer Jamie Reardon at 413-259-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.