South Simcoe police have added another tool to their policing toolbox in Innisfil and Bradford. It’s a tracking device that uses FM frequency to locate missing vulnerable people.
It works as a monitoring device that is worn as a bracelet. Once signed up to Project Lifesaver, a signal from the bracelet is sent to the tracking device Police use. South Simcoe Constable Wes Brown says GPS signals are great but can get lost in concrete tunnels or heavy wooded areas – so that’s where this FM frequency comes in.
South Simcoe join their neighbours in York Regional and Barrie, meaning they can triangulate signals and work collaboratively in their search efforts. Vulnerable residents need to sign up through their caregivers – and will be added to Barrie’s Vulnerable Person’s Registry.
To date 160 people have signed up for the program with Barrie’s Police force. The idea is to have Project Lifesaver throughout Simcoe County. Co-founder of Project Lifesaver Kris Hughston says Colingwood is interested but they still have to get the OPP on board. Hughston says Autism Simcoe County are very interested in the program.