Project Lifesaver Brings Local Child Home within 10 Minutes

People with cognitive disorders, such as Autism or Alzheimer’s, or other medical conditions may have a tendency to wander away from caregivers. Funded by the Folsom Police Foundation, Folsom Police Department’s Project Lifesaver Program is designed to help bring these individuals home quickly and safely to their families.

Each qualified participant in the Project Lifesaver Program is outfitted with a bracelet that contains a radio transmitter. Should the participant wander away, the caregiver can call the Folsom Police Department and the responding officers will bring a receiver that has the ability to receive the signal from that specific transmitter assigned to the missing participant.

Earlier this month, Folsom Police Department experienced its first activation of its Project Lifesaver program. An at-risk 9-year-old girl went missing from her home in the Parkway neighborhood. Officers responded with a specialized transponder to locate her. It took 10 minutes to get the tracking equipment on the scene, and 10 minutes to find her. Without the equipment, it’s not unusual for a search such as this to take hours.

For more information about Project Lifesaver, please visit www.folsom.ca.us or call 916-355-7231.