Champion police offer ‘senior watch’ program

CHAMPION – The Champion Police Department’s senior watch program is in its 10th year, with officers checking on people ages 62 and older who sign up.

Police Chief Chris Redick said seniors who live alone and can’t leave their homes or don’t have others to check on their wellbeing will benefit from the service.

He said residents 62 and older or disabled adults of any age who have a life-threatening illnesses or injuries can participate in the senior watch program, which offers several levels of checks.

”We are trying to help those who don’t have someone to look in on them or someone who might be at risk,” he said.

Police already check on residences at the owner’s request when they leave town on vacation, so extending checks to residents’ welfare seemed a logical step, Redick said.

”The troops are already on the street,” Redick said.

Potential clients need to contact the police department at 330-847-9363 and an appointment will be scheduled for an office to conduct a home visit to meet the client, complete the emergency information sheet and help the person choose an appropriate program.