North Star Personal Alert Program

The North Star Personal Alert Program is a voluntary program for parents, guardians, or caretakers of children and adults who tend to wander or are a flight risk from a specific location (e.g., home, school, nursing home, etc.). This initiative helps individuals who may have difficulty communicating with first responders or who do not understand the potential danger faced by him/her. The program particularly serves individuals with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders and those with Alzheimer’s disease.

To ensure the welfare of an individual, the Boston Police Department and other emergency services in and around the City use a comprehensive database containing information provided by the parents, legal guardians, or caretakers. This information helps first responders ensure the individual receives any necessary services.

We hope that residents will take full advantage of this initiative and assist first responders with the safe return of loved ones. Community members can enroll in North Star by contacting the BPD at (617) 343-6503 or