Special Needs / Silver Alert Registry

This is an image of a Silver Alert bracelet


The Suffolk County Police Department is pleased to inform you of the availability of our Silver Alert/Special Needs Program.  This program enables parents, guardians, relatives or other caregivers to register information surrounding persons with special needs in the Police Department’s database.  The intention of this program is to have this information furnished to police officers who may be responding to an emergency situation involving that person so that they can better care for the person’s needs.  The Silver Alert/Special Needs Program is divided into two components:

Special Needs Alert
The Special Needs Alert is appropriate for persons with the following:

  • Severe mental illness
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities

Note:  This registry may also be utilized to provide emergency contact information for relatives or caregivers to elderly person(s) who reside alone.

Silver Alert
The Silver Alert program is appropriate for persons who with the following:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive disorders that may result in a persons wandering or becoming disorientated and lost. 

Persons registering for the Silver Alert Program can request a Silver Alert bracelet be mailed to them.  This bracelet contains a distinctive number and instructions that first responders may utilize to contact the Suffolk County Police Department to obtain information regarding that person.  Please be sure to enclose a recent photo of the person. 

The I.D. bracelet is free of charge. To obtain, simply click on Special Needs/Silver Alert Registry form, complete the requested information, and email to the Special Needs Coordinator, or you can print out the form and mail it back to Community Outreach Bureau at the address provided at the bottom of the form. The information on the form will be entered into a Suffolk County Police Department database designed exclusively for Silver Alert, and the I.D. bracelet will be mailed to you within a short period of time.

Click here to download the application.

Click here to send an email to the Silver Alert Program.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the Police Department of any change in status. 
Alerts are automatically removed from the system 24 months from the entry date.
Address alerts must be renewed every 24 months—Notifications of expiration are not provided.