Program to help special needs individuals reported missing - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Program to help special needs individuals reported missing

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Sheriff's Department has begun a new program designed to help search for special needs individuals reported missing.

For the past two days, officers have been training on a program called Project Life Saver. And Tuesday, that training was put to the test. It is a new piece of equipment will help officers locate individuals who have a tendency to wander, whether it's from Alzheimer or autism. The individual is given a bracelet with a transmitter attached, which can then be detected by a receiver. Officers spent Tuesday afternoon practicing mock searches to locate lost individuals who they called "the rabbit."

But what makes Project Life Saver so valuable is the speed. Instructors for the training course say in the past, many times individuals could be lost for days, weeks, or never found at all. Now, with this new equipment, they say subjects are being found in thirty minutes or less. Assistant Chief Deputy Marty Boyd says it's a valuable tool. "I hope it's a safety feature. It will give caretakers of people taking care of Alzheimer patients or maybe autistic children peace of mind. Where they don't have to worry about if a door is locked 24 hours a day," said Boyd.

The department has ordered six transmitters so far, and hope to eventually add more with future grant money. Once the devices are received, they will be given out first-come-first-serve. For more information, just contact the Craighead County Sheriff's Department at (870) 933-4551.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Man arrested for failing to register as sex offender

    Man arrested for failing to register as sex offender

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 3:02 PM EST2018-01-23 20:02:29 GMT
    Terry Curry (Source: Pemiscot Co Jail via Vinelink)Terry Curry (Source: Pemiscot Co Jail via Vinelink)

    A Steele man was arrested Monday after police say he failed to register as a sex offender. 

    A Steele man was arrested Monday after police say he failed to register as a sex offender. 

  • Man arrested for rape, sexual assault

    Man arrested for rape, sexual assault

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 1:58 PM EST2018-01-23 18:58:48 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 2:57 PM EST2018-01-23 19:57:33 GMT

    A man in Greene County is behind bars accused of raping a teenage girl.

    A man in Greene County is behind bars accused of raping a teenage girl.

  • Arkansas man sentenced in WWII veteran's death

    Arkansas man sentenced in WWII veteran's death

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 2:45 PM EST2018-01-23 19:45:39 GMT
    Tommy Trosper (Source: White County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page)Tommy Trosper (Source: White County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page)

    A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of an elderly World War II veteran.

    A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of an elderly World War II veteran.

Powered by Frankly