Niagara County Teams Up With Project Lifesaver WNY

September 28, 2010 Updated Sep 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 28, 2010 Updated Sep 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM EDT

Lewiston, NY (WKBW) - State-of-the-art technology has revolutionized how missing people are found, and it's now spreading from county to county here in Western New York. Niagara will now become the second county in the region to implement Project Lifesaver, with Erie joining the program last year. Project Lifesaver WNY is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities who are at risk of wandering.

Registered individuals would wear a personalized electronic bracelet that sends out a special frequency every second of the day. When a caregiver realizes their loved one is missing, they can contact their local law enforcement. Trained police agencies would then be able track down the missing person through a special devise even if they're miles away.

"On a regular search, we'll dedicate a lot of man power, air support, and ground support," said Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour. "In this case, if the missing person has a project lifesaver devise, we'll send only three or four people because we know finding that person within a half hour is very likely."

The initial cost of the electronic bracelet is $300 and then $10 a month for the battery. So far, the program has a 100% success rate and an average search time of 30 minutes.For more information visit: www.projectlifesaverwny.org