May 01, 2017 08:31PM
● By Jennifer Neys
In April, the Walnut Creek Police Department announced their
involvement in Project Lifesaver. The Project Lifesaver program will be offered
to Walnut Creek residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's,
dementia, autism, or other cognitive condition that makes them likely to wander
away from caregivers. Ninety-five percent of Project Lifesaver participants who
go missing are located in less than 30 minutes.
Citizens in the Walnut Creek community who meet eligibility requirements can be fitted with a waterproof bracelet or ankle band that would allow WCPD to track them should they become lost. Their department is equipped with locating devices that utilize radio frequency waves to locate the transmitters that the program clients are issued. The bracelets must be worn on the enrolled citizen’s wrist or ankle 24/7.
The cost to participate in the program is $300 the first year and $25 each subsequent year. There is a limited number of partial to full sponsorships available on an as needed basis if financial hardship exists. The cost to participate solely goes to purchase equipment for the enrollee; no funding goes to Project Lifesaver or WCPD. If a Project Lifesaver citizen goes missing, the caregiver should contact WCPD immediately. Trained WCPD personnel will respond to the missing person’s last seen location and begin searching for the individual using Project Lifesaver radio frequency tracking equipment. Project Lifesaver is a completely voluntary program.
You must qualify in order to participate. To learn more, or if you have any questions pertaining to the program, visit www.walnutcreekpd.com and click on the Project Lifesaver tab. You can also call 925-943-5898 or email Program Manager Lauren Gehring at Gehring@walnutcreekpd.com.