Keep wan­der­ing loved ones safe

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

BURLING­TON — Hal­ton po­lice are host­ing an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion about a new ini­tia­tive de­signed to find lost or wan­der­ing peo­ple far quicker than con­ven­tional searches.

Project Life­saver has been used by agen­cies in the search-and-res­cue field for more than 17 years. The track­ing tech­nol­ogy sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the time it takes to lo­cate a miss­ing per­son from hours or even days to an av­er­age of 30 min­utes, says Hal­ton po­lice.

In Hal­ton, po­lice re­spond to about 500 miss­ing-per­sons calls

an­nu­ally, many of which in­volve vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Project Life­saver was launched by Hal­ton po­lice in Jan­uary, with some of its of­fi­cers now equipped and trained as program op­er­a­tors.

The up­com­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sion is aimed at par­ents, care­givers or pro­fes­sion­als that have ex­pe­ri­enced, or are wor­ried about, some­one wan­der­ing away.

The talk will in­clude how to reg­is­ter, what the ap­pli­ca­tion process in­volves, the costs as well as the avail­abil­ity of fi­nan­cial sub­si­dies for low-in­come fam­i­lies, and how Project Life­saver is used op­er­a­tionally with a live demon­stra­tion.

The ini­tial program cost is $400 for a track­ing bracelet and bat­ter­ies.

The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion is for adults only.

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