Niagara Gazette

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September 14, 2013

Lewiston police asking: R.U.O.K.?

Innovative police program helps to make sure Lewiston senior citizens are safe


Niagara Gazette — “At that point we’ll make a personal call to the home and attempt to contact their friend or family member,” Salada said. “If we can’t reach their contact person, we’ll go jump in a car and check in on them ourselves.’

That’s how police ended up at the door of the 92-year-old woman.

Salada said the program is easy to sign up for and residents can join the service at any time. Officers have made applications available at senior centers in the town and village.

It started as a program in the village and we expanded it to the town,” Salada said. “I don’t understand why more people wouldn’t take advantage of it.”

Salada called the program “very cost efficient” and said he would recommend it to other local police agencies.

Lewiston Town Councilman Ernest Palmer, a former Falls police superintendent and long-time lawman, said he’s been impressed with the program since he first learned about it.

“I think it’s great, I think it’s wonderful,” Palmer said, “There are a lot of elderly people who live alone here and this is just a great tool to keep them safe.”

Palmer also said he’d urge other communities to look into the service. 

“I don’t know why the wouldn’t” he said, “I don’t know why ever community hasn’t installed this program. It makes all the sense in the world.”

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