Early Notification Program

The McLean County Early Notification Program is specifically designed to provide responding law enforcement officers with information to assist them in responding to calls involving individuals with special needs. If responding officers are made aware of these special needs prior to arrival, they may be better equipped to understand and appropriately respond to calls involving these residents. The McLean County Law Enforcement community is committed to developing strategies and procedures to enhance our interaction with special needs residents.

The main purpose of this program is to provide a mechanism for residents with special needs to register their specific information with their local law enforcement agency. Any and all information provided during the registration process will only be used for law enforcement purposes.

The following list represents those individuals who could potentially benefit from this program. It is not intended to be all-inclusive, as each request will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Developmental Disability
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Visually Impaired
  • Other Special Needs

Eligibility


Any McLean County resident that falls into one of the previously mentioned categories is eligible to register. The applicant must have previously been treated, or is currently being treated, for the condition qualifying them for the program. Medical documentation of the treatment is not required, but may be requested in some instances. Persons wishing to be registered but are unable to do so based on their specific condition, may be registered by a legal guardian or court appointed caregiver. Parents may also register their children if they share a residence. Court documents detailing guardianship will be required with application.

Registration


McLean County residents wishing to register may do so by completing the registration form and agreement, which may be picked up at their local Police Department. Completed forms must then be submitted to the local Police Department of the registrant either in person or by mail. The police agency accepting the application will then forward it to the Normal Police Department for entry into the database. The agency accepting the application will ensure it is filled out correctly and will attach any supporting documentation, if required. Police agencies receiving mailed applications will contact the applicant to verify the information provided.

Persons registering themselves, or others in the program, are required to provide updated information to their respective police agency when any of the following occur:

  • Change of address within McLean County
  • Move outside of McLean County
  • Wish to be removed from the program
  • Modification to conditions on original application
Information entered into the database will be verified annually by the Bloomington and Normal Police Departments.