Officers implementing new tech to prevent lost loved ones

GENESEE COUNTY, N.T. (WIVB) — Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is joining the ranks of other local Sheriff’s Offices which have implemented new technology called Lifesaver Bracelets.

Deputies will get 11 tracking bracelets to be worn by residents with cognitive disorders like autism, dementia or Alzheimer’s. The small bracelets can be worn by children or adults, and send out transmitting signals.

Trained officers can track the signals to locate anybody who may have become lost. In Genesee County, two officers will be ready to use it. Sheriff Gary Maha says the tracking system will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to find a missing person.

“A lot of time involved — sometimes it’s hours before you find the person with this equipment. It will help find the person expediently in most cases within 30 minutes,” Maha said.

The tracking equipment comes at a price. Officers say it can cost up to $7,500. Maha says they’re working to secure grants to cover the costs of the program, which should be up and running by June.

Niagara and Erie County Sheriff’s use the tracking technology, and Chautauqua County Deputies will start training to use it in May.

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