Project Lifesaver tracking devices are offered at no cost to families with individuals who may have autism, Down syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or another type of cognitive impairment that puts them at risk for wandering or becoming lost.
The transmitters, which are worn on the wrist or ankle, emit a tracking signal that allows at-risk individuals to be located quickly after going missing.
At-risk populations enrolled in the program receive a wrist or ankle bracelet with an individualized tracking signal. If the individual goes missing, their caregiver notifies the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office through the Wayne County 911 Center for a trained emergency team response. Most at-risk individuals who wander are found within a few miles from home, and the Project Lifesaver technology can reduce search time from hours or days to minutes.
Police departments in New York City and Nassau County use this system, as well as 48 county sheriff’s offices: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Seneca, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester and Yates.
WCSO received the Project Lifesaver system through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, in partnership with Project Lifesaver International and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Call (315) 946-5728 or email ahenkel@co.wayne.ny.us for information.