Search and rescue team uses high-tech device to locate missing people
A specialized group of law enforcement officials trained with technology to aid in search and rescue operations Tuesday.
Seekonk Police Sgt. Sean Dowd is a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or SEMLEC.
"It's a consortium of approximately 34 police departments across Southeastern Mass., from Seekonk to Duxbury down to Wareham," Dowd said.
The Search and Rescue team trained with SafetyNet technology, which consists of a bracelet that has a radio frequency, allowing rescuers to track the person. The group conducted mock searches at the Dartmouth National Resources Trust nature preserve.
Dartmouth police officer Scott Affonce encourages families to consider getting a bracelet for loved ones. He said at least 100 people have bracelets and many of them have dementia, Alzheimer's or autism.
The Bristol County Sheriff's Office distributes the bracelets. The device costs $300 up front and $10 a month to change the batteries.
BCSO spokesperson Jonathan Darling said some elderly organizations or towns, such as Westport, purchase the bracelets for residents or clients. He said the office is not profiting in any way.
For more information, contact Programs Manager Tina LePage at 508-995-6400 ext.2176, or Programs Lt. Freddy Pimental at 508-995-6400 ext. 2180.