RPD starts new ‘Well Visit’ program


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



The Russellville Police Department recently started a new program which is “focusing on members of the community that have years passed slipped through the cracks.”

Those members of the community include senior citizens and handicapped individuals. And so, the RPD has begun its “Well Visit Program” in order to help take care of these people.

The Well Visit Program was developed to check on the well being of our senior citizens and handicapped individuals that don’t have someone to check on them.

The RPD is trying to prevent situations that they have come across as officers where family members from out of state request welfare checks on individuals they are unable to make contact with. Many times officers have conducted these welfare checks, coming across an elderly individual who has fallen and is unable to call for help and first responders must force their way into a home to assist.

“We are hoping that with this Well Visit Program we are able to visit with individuals once or twice a week to ensure that that they are okay and well,” the RPD said in a press release. “We will assist in any way possible utilizing our Chaplain Services, the Burden Bearers, for some needs. As Officers taking calls we are unable to give rides to individuals, however, we know that there are programs that assist individuals in transportation and can utilize our resources to arrange for assistance if absolutely necessary.”

If you or a family member qualify for this program, a senior citizen or handicapped individual that has difficulty with mobility, you can stop by the Russellville Police Department to pick up a registration form or call the Russellville Police Department at (270)726-7669 or if it is after normal business hours contact the Emergency Communications Center non-emergency line (270)726-4911. Currently the Well Visit Program covers the Russellville city area. The RPD will update citizens if this program expands.

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By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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