Early Monday morning Atlantic County Sheriff’s Officers Joseph Kleinow and Matthew Poupard assisted in locating a missing person in Ventnor. The woman, a Project Lifesaver client, had wandered off while her husband was still sleeping. The early notification and the Project Lifesaver technology resulted in the officers locating the woman quickly and safely. She was reunited with her spouse without incident.
The Project Lifesaver Program is a rapid response system that helps the officers track adults and children who tend to stray due to Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, and other conditions. Supported state-wide by the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey, the program gives each client a bracelet that transmits an individualized tracking signal. This signal can be picked up by law enforcement within a one-mile radius using the receiver equipment. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are safely found within a few miles from home.
“One of the major benefits of Project Lifesaver is that we’ve been able to reduce search times from hours and sometimes days, to just minutes,” said Sheriff Frank X. Balles. “It’s important to offer this service to our community because not only are we concerned for the safety of the program’s clients, but we also want to be able to assist the caregivers that so many rely on, giving them peace of mind whenever possible.”
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