How a bracelet can help Placer County first responders locate missing people
AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) – A new program in Placer County is helping police locate missing people faster and more efficiently.
It’s called Project Lifesaver – and the point is to do just that.
“We are reaching out to the community that has family members, friends who have dementia and bring them in as clients,” said Auburn Police Lt. Brian Morrison. “They then get a transmitter that’s placed on their wrist, their ankle, something of that nature, and we are fitted with the receiver that works from radio frequencies to track them down and locate them in a very short period of time.”
On Thursday morning, FOX40 got a chance to see how the new technology works as the Auburn Police Department conducted training, playing out different scenarios and trying to find bracelets that had been hidden around the city.
“We have a group of officers who will make up the rest of the police department, more than likely the fire department as well,” Lt. Morrison said.
The program is already in effect in other towns in Placer County.
Lincoln Police have used this method successfully to locate several missing people since implementing the technology in April.
Now Auburn Police are hoping to provide the same service.
“We know that there are people who suffer from these dementias, and I consider it our obligation as the police service to provide this service to the community and to be able to bring those loved ones home as much as possible. quickly possible, ”Morrison mentioned.
FOX40’s Martina Del Bonta spoke to Placer County Public Health Program Coordinator Natasha Stevens about the federal grant and how it will be used in Placer County.
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