Operation Blue Angel

The South River Police Department's Operation Blue Angel program allows our officers quick access to senior citizens and other eligible residents in the event of an emergency.

Operation Blue Angel is a program conducted by the South River Police Department to assist residents who, due to advanced age, immobility, or medical concerns, may be unable to answer their door in an emergency situation. The program is administered free of charge to any eligible resident.

Through Operation Blue Angel, a Police Department owned lock box similar to a real estate agent’s lock box is placed outside the residence. A key, supplied by the resident, is locked inside the box. In the event of an emergency, responding police officers are able to retrieve the key by using a code accessed by our Communications Center, allowing us to quickly enter the home without causing damage. The code is stored securely at all times in our Communications Center and reset to a new code in the event it is used to access the lock box.

Applicants to Operation Blue Angel must meet certain criteria and agree to the following:

  • Must be 55 years of age or older, or have a medical condition that is potentially incapacitating
  • Must either live alone, or be home alone on a frequent basis
  • Must provide a key (or keys) for an entry door to the home
  • Must grant the South River Police Department permission to access and use the key during an emergency
  • Must complete and notarize a waiver form

The Police Department maintains ownership of the lock box. If you should you move, you must notify the Police Department so that we may retrieve the lock box.

To apply for the program, please print, complete and return the following application and liability waiver to police headquarters.