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Sheriff’s Office program offers tracking for those with cognitive conditions

February 25, 2016
Westfield Republican

MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has initiated a new program: Project Lifesaver (PLS). The mission of PLS is to provide timely response to save lives of adults and children who wander due to Autism, Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injuries or other related cognitive conditions.

Clients are each fitted with a bracelet that emits a specific frequency that deputy sheriffs are able to locate by a special tracking antenna. The Sheriff's Office currently has two certified deputy sheriffs who are trained in locating and equipping clients with these special bracelets. The client and family will be interviewed by the program deputy and the deputy will be permanently assigned to the client and will be responsible for battery installation and technical issues.

Currently over 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer's, which is the fastest-growing developmental disability; and with Autism. This program can be an important component of the safety of these vulnerable citizens. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals can be enormous. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. Project Lifesaver is an important tool for the Sheriff's Office in finding our most vulnerable population.

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Pictured from left to right, with Project Lifesaver equipment, are Deputy Korinne Best, Sheriff Joseph Gerace and Deputy Michael Ross.

The Sheriff's Office is urging any county citizen who has a loved one who may benefit from this type of technology to register online at the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office website:



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