JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Sheriff's Department trained community members Saturday afternoon on how to keep their loved ones safe.
It's called Project Lifesaver, a search system for people with Alzheimer's, Autism and Down's syndrome.
People with a disease wear a bracelet with a tracker in it.
If they wander away from home, the department and community can search for them with vehicle and handheld trackers.
"Community involvement is extremely important as always," investigator Justin Rolland said. "We want to make sure we have a direct link between law enforcement and these organizations that want to get involved."
Rolland said the department would like to train volunteers about four times a year.
Currently, the department is working with the Elk's Lodge in Jonesboro to educate and train its members.
Rolland said before the national program started in 1999, many people with these diseases would go missing for days, weeks or months, and law enforcement would find them dead just yards from their homes.
Fifteen years later, Project Lifesaver has successfully found more than 2,000 people and the average search time is 30 minutes.
If anyone would like to learn more about the program, contact Justin Rolland at (870) 933-4551 or email@example.com.