Project Lifesaver Halton Program helps locate Missing Person with Cognitive Disorders

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Project Lifesaver Halton Program helps locate Missing Person with Cognitive Disorders
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Sergeant Barry Malciw

Sergeant Barry Malciw

Sergeant Barry Malciw was the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Services. He is a detective of the Halton Regional Police Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team.

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The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and other police services regularly respond to emergencies involving missing persons suffering a cognitive disorder. Project Lifesaver Halton is a proactive life protection program for individuals living with cognitive disorders. The program enhances the probability of the individual’s rescue and makes it possible to reduce the search effort from days and hours to minutes. This program combines radio technology with a coordinated police response to assist in locating wandering and disorientated loved ones.

Participants in the Project Lifesaver Halton program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. The wristband is a one ounce, battery-operated wrist transmitter emitting an FM radio frequency based signal that emits a signal every second, 24 hours a day. It has been proven that these transmitters are able to track through obstacles, such as concrete walls and heavy forest.

When caregivers notify Halton Regional Police Service their loved one is missing, officers respond to the area where the person was last seen using a mobile location tracking system.

“The HRPS service delivery model involves working with community partners to address a variety of police and community concerns. HRPS has built our policing philosophy to include proactive measures of intervention to keep members of our community safe,” said Chief Stephen Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service. “Project Lifesaver is one of the tools that is tried, tested and true in bringing loved ones home.”

Project Lifesaver Halton saves lives and further serves the community by significantly reducing the need for extensive search and rescue operations that are often extremely costly in human and financial terms.

“Today’s launch of the Project Lifesaver Halton program is another example of how we’re working with our police partners and others in the community on behalf of Halton residents,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “As part of our commitment to connect people with the services they need, the Region is supporting this important program by offering financial assistance to eligible residents in our community. Working together, we can keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire for everyone.”

To help make the program, which will initially cost $400 (for bracelets and batteries), more accessible, financial assistance will be available for eligible low income participants through Halton Region’s Employment and Social Services department.

Project Lifesaver International is a nonprofit organization, the first pioneer to apply tracking technology for the search and rescue of individuals with cognitive disorders, and have remained the leader, the Gold Standard, in this field for the over 17 years. What makes their approach unique is that they have created an entire education and training program that includes tracking techniques and technology.




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