East Providence News

10/5/2011 - East Providence Police announce a new tracking service for people in need

East Providence Police Department
Colonel Joseph H. Tavares, Chief of Police


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Lieutenant Michael David
Planning & Training Officer
(401) 435-7661
mdavid@cityofeastprov.com

or

Patrolman Thomas Aguiar
Community Relations Officer
(401) 435-7630
taguiar@cityofeastprov.com


EAST PROVIDENCE POLICE ANNOUNCE A NEW TRACKING SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANDER

Safetynet™ by Lojack® will help the East Providence Police Department and caregivers, protect residents with Alzheimer’s, Autism, and other cognitive disorders from the dangers of wandering.

EAST PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND- SEPTEMBER 30, 2011- The East Providence Police Department and Lojack Safetynet, Inc. today announced a new service for people with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, or other cognitive disorders that make them prone to wandering. Safetynet by Lojack helps caregivers provide an added layer of protection for loved ones with these conditions, from the life –threatening behavior of wandering. The service also provides department members with the tools and training to more effectively find and rescue those individuals if they wander and go missing.

To bring this valuable service to East Providence, Safetynet provided 2 sets of electronic tracking systems to the East Providence Police Department, as well as training and certifying members of the department in it’s use.

“Protecting a community is a very serious responsibility, and it takes a variety of strategies to truly make people safe. What this program does is identify some of the most vulnerable members of our society and safeguards them from the particular dangers of wandering such as exposure, drowning, or becoming victim to those who would do them harm.”

Major Charles Swenson
Deputy Chief of Police, East Providence Police Department

Funding the Program

All training and tracking equipment have been provided to the East Providence Police Department by SafetyNet at no cost to the department or taxpayers. SafetyNet is proud to be offering a “Race to Keep Safe” promotional event for East Providence residents through October 15, 2011. East Providence residents who enroll prior to this date receive the bracelet for free and six months of service free, a $300 value.

RI State Representative Helio Melo and RI State Senator Daniel DaPonte have secured $3000 in legislative grant funds for the East Providence Police Department to help defray the cost of this program for residents after the completion of the SafetyNet promotional period.


How SafetyNet Works

Once caregivers enroll their loved ones in the service, they receive a SafetyNet Bracelet, which is worn by the person at risk typically on their wrist or ankle. The caregiver provides information about the client to assist in search and rescue, which is then entered into a secure database. Lojack SafetyNet, Inc. provides 24x7 emergency caregiver support.

The SafetyNet bracelet emits a radio frequency signal that unlike cellular and GPS technology, doesn’t rely on cellular networks or satellite signals. This allows it to be tracked when a client wanders into a shallow body of water, a densely wooded area, or a concrete or steel structure.

The search and rescue equipment used by the East Providence Police Department can detect radio frequency signal emitted from the bracelet with a range of approximately one mile on the ground and 5-7 miles from a helicopter. SafetyNet’s secure database contains information on each individual client enrolled in the service so that the search and rescue team can have the most up to date information on the person’s habits and how her or she should be approached, spoken to, and comforted.

How SafetyNet Works

For more information about SafetyNet, please call (877) 4-FIND-THEM (877-434-6384) or visit www.lojack.com/safetynet. For more information specific to the East Providence program, please contact Lieutenant Michael David (401-435-7661 mdavid@cityofeastprov.com) or Patrolman Thomas Aguiar (401-435-7630 taguiar@cityofeastprov.com).