As of August 1, 2023, Sheriff Tommy Romero and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO) have opened a Special Needs Registry to accommodate its citizens with special needs. Registering your family member with special needs is optional, and the information entered in the registry is confidential.
From the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s website:
“The Special Needs Registry is for residents who reside, work or attend school in Iberia Parish. This program is only available to those living in the parish that do not have their own law enforcement agency such as Jeanerette or New Iberia.
Designed to assist Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies with crucial information about the registered person even before we arrive at their residence or make contact. Individuals with Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Hearing Impaired and Down Syndrome are examples of members of our community who might benefit from this registry.
The registry promotes communication and gives IPSO deputies quick access to critical information about a registered person with special needs. The Registry can provide IPSO deputies with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, triggers or special needs of the individual who is registered. This information can assist deputies in communicating with, locating a residence, or handling an emergency involving an individual with special needs.
The goal of the program is to give IPSO deputies quick access to critical information about a registered individual with special needs in the community in an emergency situation. Participating in this registry is strictly voluntary, and all information will be kept confidential.
We ask that you or your loved one register annually. This will assist us if something changes and gives us access to an updated photo. We suggest using the birthdate of your loved one as a registration reminder.”
To register a family member, go to Special Needs Registry >>