An open house Thursday night at New Braunfels Police Department shows off its new “Project Lifesaver” program.
It’s a rapid response program “that helps first responders, like the New Braunfels Police Department, locate people who wander away form their caregivers, specifically due to brain disorders like Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Down Syndrome, Dementia,” NPBD Communications Coordinator David Ferguson told KTSA News.
It’ll start as a pilot program, focusing, at first, on children under 18 years old.
“But we do have hopes to expand the program in the future to include adults,” he said.
Here’s how it works: each child will be fitted for a bracelet, which includes a transmitter.
That transmitter “emits a tracking signal and if that person were to wander away, then the caregiver would notify (NBPD), and we would deploy a search team and that search would include the use of a mobile receiver that picks up a signal from that transmitter.”
Learn more about this program at 6PM Thursday at New Braunfels P.D.