GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) – Georgetown Police are launching a new program on Monday called, ‘Are you ok?’ It’s specifically designed for senior citizens.
Volunteers will start making phone calls to senior citizens and ask, “Are you ok?”
Chief Darin Allgood, Georgetown Police Department, said the goal is to have a check-up at least once a week.
“We realize that there are some that may have disabilities,” Allgood said. “If they need somebody to check in on them once a week just to see how they’re doing. We will call them one time. If we don’t get an answer, we’ll wait, 30 minutes to an hour after the second call. If we don’t hear anybody, we might send an officer out there to see what the need is.”
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The Georgetown Citizens Police Academy Alumni and recruits who have not left for the academy yet will be the ones making the calls.
Susan Daniel, President of the Georgetown Citizens Police Academy Alumni said, “We’ll write like little comments like ‘She was fine, she was happy’ or if they need a call back later in the week. A lot of them are just lonely. You know, they don’t have a lot of people to talk to.”
Allgood said he wants this program to be more than just a routine welfare check.
“A lot of agencies across the country use automated numbers, but we do try our best to put a personal touch on it so they can talk to a person,” Allgood said. “We may be the only human interaction that they have for that day or that week.”
The Citizen’s Police Academy already has a working roster of seniors to call, but anyone wanting to sign up a loved one to be checked on can call the Georgetown Police Department at (502) 863-7826