Beaver Dam Police Detail Safe Seniors Camera Program

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is encouraging residents to take advantage of a state-wide program aimed at protecting the elderly. The Safe Seniors Camera Program is offered through the Wisconsin Department of Justice and allows anyone suspecting an in-home caregiver of abusing their loved ones to use a covert camera to watch over them. Sergeant Erik Smedema told us this month on WBEV’s Community Comment that the cameras can track what the mind cannot remember especially when senior citizens who may suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia are involved. An applicant will receive a camera for 30-days at no fee along with a memory card. The victim or a family member would then be required to review the footage and notify law enforcement if any recordings indicate that abuse may be taking place. Officer Jeremiah Johnson says while there is a lot of time and work required to look through the video, the Division of Criminal Investigation will be available throughout the process to help. He says they will instruct users how to properly remove the footage from the camera, how to look at it and how to report any suspicious activity to police. Once the 30-days are complete, the camera must be returned to local law enforcement. Smedema says a request to extend the loan for the device may be made but will be granted on a case-by-case basis. A link to apply for the Safe Seniors Camera Program can be found here: www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/safe-seniors