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N Carolina sheriff ends senior citizen check-in program

June 19, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office is ending a program that keeps tabs on about 100 senior citizens.

Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker tells WRAL-TV that Citizens Well-Check is ending as “the bigger picture here is serving all of Wake County.”

Participants in the Citizens Well-Check program receive an automated call from the sheriff’s office at 3 p.m. each day. After a couple of other checks, a deputy is dispatched if there’s no response.

It serves senior citizens who live alone and have no one to check on them. There’s a waitlist of people wanting to join the program.

Baker couldn’t say how much time or manpower is spent on the program, which was launched by former Sheriff Donnie Harrison in 2005. Harrison says he’s disappointed to see it end.

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Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com

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