The "Take Me Home" program was implemented early last year in Marshall County, but local officials are hoping for more registrants.
"It allows for the rapid identification and safe return of citizens who are unable to communicate properly with law enforcement," said Teresa Lang, Public Safety Communications supervisor.
The database is also vital for law enforcement who from time to time encounter people with special needs.
"It can be a challenge," said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper. "This is a program that help us better serve those individuals."
Enrollment is restricted to individuals with limited ability to communicate and for those with conditions such as autism, Alzheimer's disease, down syndrome, dementia or with conditions that put them at extra risk for wandering or getting lost.
Free registration is available online to people living in Marshall County. The program is maintained by the Marshall County 911 Communications Center.
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Registrants submit a photo, demographic and special needs information which officers can quickly access from the computers in their squad cars.
"Basically it speaks for the person so that they can get home to their loved ones faster," Lang said.
While the program can be a vital tool, Lang said only a handful of people have signed up.
"I would encourage it for people who have communications difficulties," Lang said.