The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office’s Elder Crimes Unit investigates crimes of abuse, neglect and other related incidents involving seniors and vulnerable adults. The unit works in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Services and the Office of the State Attorney to ensure criminal prosecution of these crimes. The Seminole County Elder Crimes Unit provides compassion and resources to the elderly and their families during times of need. The Elder Crimes Unit provides and maintains the following programs:
- Lockbox - The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Lockbox Program was designed to expedite rescue services and minimize costs associated with forced entry into homes in the event of an emergency. The program provides a less intrusive method of entry and is intended to reduce the amount of time before aid can be rendered to the injured. The program is designed for persons who are elderly or disabled adults, who have health conditions that could be potentially life-threatening, and who live alone or spend extended periods of time home alone.
- Lockboxes contain a key to the residence and are secured in an inconspicuous location on the outside area of the home. Access will only be granted to EMS Fire & Rescue and Law Enforcement Officers and may only be used in the event of an emergency.
- Each eligible resident will have to complete a registration form that needs to be notarized and provide a key for the lockbox.
Lockbox Application Form / Lockbox Information Flyer
- RUOK – The Sheriff’s Office will call the vulnerable adult each morning at 7 a.m. to check on their well-being. If an answer is not received, a deputy will be dispatched to check on the person.
- K9-Scent Evidence Kit - provides first responders with the scent of a missing/wandering vulnerable person and attempts to create a quicker response time for locating the individual.
K-9 Scent Evidence Application Form / K-9 Scent Evidence Information Flyer
For more information about these programs please reach out to the Elder Crimes Unit by e-mailing Adraughon@seminolesheriff.org
Vulnerable Adults & Natural Disasters
The Elder Crimes Unit works with the Emergency Operations Center by identifying elderly citizens and vulnerable adults with special needs during natural disasters. If you are a vulnerable adult and need a special shelter for a natural disaster please visit this link to register for the Seminole County Special Needs Program: Seminole County Special Needs Registration Form
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