UTICA, New York (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Project Lifesaver has been around over 20 years. It’s an international program that works with local law enforcement to help locate at risk individuals who get lost. It’s all through a bracelet with a tracking device in it.
“It’s a little bit bigger than a wrist watch and it’s the easiest way to explain it. And we’ve got different colors different styles for kids or people that you know maybe just don’t want the grey watch.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
The radio frequency inside the band can be tracked through this satellite device by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. They’re waterproof and the battery last 30 to 60 days. Officer Morgan adds that this isn’t just for elderly people with dementia.
“This program is for anyone that call eloping, more basically known as wandering. But it’s also for people with Autism or Down Syndrome or a traumatic brain injury.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
Part of this program is funded by the Sheriff’s Office and they re-train officers to use the equipment every 2 years. Officer Morgan says since this time there, he hasn’t seen the locator used.
“Fortunately my time in the community affairs office we have not had to go out and use this equipment but it’s good to know the equipment’s there and exist.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
Currently there are 31 families in Oneida County that use Project Lifesaver. Those who are interested should call the Community Affairs Unit at 315-765-2220.