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TPD Launches Safe Watch Program To Help Locate Missing Persons

Dec 16, 2019 09:52PM

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

Atty. Paul King

 The Tewksbury Police Department is proud to announce that we have launched a Safe Watch Program with the use of Project Lifesaver so that if an at risk child or adult wanders away from their safe environment, the police have the information on file to quickly respond and attempt to locate the missing person. 

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides emergency responders and caregivers with the equipment and training required to protect and, when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive conditions that cause the propensity to wander, such as those with Alzheimer’s or autism. Through the use of state of the art radio frequency technology, innovative search and rescue techniques, and accredited first response training, Project Lifesaver member agencies have, to date, successfully located more than 3,600 special needs individuals during an episode of elopement; the average recovery times for these rescues are less than 30 minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations. Additional information about Project Lifesaver can be found at www.projectlifesaver.org.

The Safe Watch Program encourages residents to contact the Tewksbury Police if they have a family member who has a propensity to wander, suffers from disabilities or you feel is at high risk and that the information would be helpful to responding officers.  This will enable us to quickly push out the information to all officers with one click of a button in the event that someone has gone missing.  In addition to wandering, we also want to be able to better serve our residents with disabilities.  By having the information before responding to a call, officers will be better prepared to deal with any situation that may arise.    

Those who meet the criteria will be provided with a Project Lifesaver GPS bracelet which will be able to be tracked by trained officers in the event the individual goes missing. 

If you have someone you would like to have in the Safe Watch Program, please fill out the Medical Alert Form on our website and drop it off at the Police Station.  You can also email the form with a photo to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov . Each person will be entered in to our Safe Watch Program database; a review by our TPD Clinician will determine the suitability for the Project Lifesaver Program.  If you have any questions, please call Family Services Officer Kimberly O’Keefe at 978-851-7373 ext. 240. 

Al Fresca Ristorante

 

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