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Electronic tracking device set to launch in Belleville next week

By Rachel Bell  [1]

BELLEVILLE – The Belleville police in partnership with the local Alzheimer’s Society is launching an electronic tracking program that will give police the ability to locate people prone to wandering.

Project Lifesaver [2]” will help those affected by illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder [3], and Down’s Syndrome.

Those who register will wear a radio-wave-tracking device on their wrist, much like a watch. Police will then be able to track the signal, in an average of 30 minutes.

The project was developed in the United States a decade ago, and is currently active in six provinces. There have been over 1,600 successful search records recorded.

The Belleville Police Service [4] has 10 officers trained to work with the tracking program, as well as two qualified instructors.

On Tuesday Dec. 12th at 3:30 p.m. local media are invited to the launch of the lifesaving project at the Belleville Police Service headquarters, where an overview and demonstration of the tracking system will take part.