The Sequim Police Department is proud to facilitate the Project Lifesaver program in its service area. Designed to track and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who tend to wander, the service answers a critical need for protecting people at risk for wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dementia, and other documented cognitive conditions.
Project Lifesaver International is the leading organization in electronic search and rescue (SAR) programs; providing a LoJack SafetyNet tracking system used by law enforcement departments nationwide. The tracking system locates adults and children who have wandered from their homes and/or caregivers.
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AN AVERAGE RESCUE TIME OF 30 MINUTES
Project Lifesaver operates in more than 1,000 jurisdictions across the nation. This program has been used in the City of Sequim since early 2007. The program has reduced search times from hours or days to just minutes. The risks and costs of a typical search have also dropped significantly, with an average rescue time of less than 30 minutes.
HOW THE TRACKING SYSTEM WORKS
Participants wear a transmitter on their ankle or wrist about the size of a watch, which emits an individualized tracking signal on an assigned radio frequency. The transmitter is a battery-operated radio wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal can be tracked on the ground over approximately one mile. Each wristband has a unique radio frequency. Project Lifesaver’s battery provides a continuous signal for 30-45 days.
When caregivers notify police that the participant is missing, a team of specially-trained police and Fire Department personnel responds and uses the mobile locator tracking system to search for the missing person.
It should be noted that client searches involve different variables and incidents are unpredictable. There may be times or circumstances when an individual cannot be located due to device malfunction, reception impairment, or any other technical or nontechnical reasons.
The Sequim Police Department makes no warranties, guarantees, assurances, or promises of any kind as to the effectiveness or success of the Project Lifesaver tracking services or of any search or searches undertaken utilizing the Project Lifesaver equipment or other related equipment.