MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) When an Alzheimer patient is reported missing you often hear about on air, on-line or from our news app. But what you don’t see is how those rescues are made. We got a firsthand look at how the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency make these recuses.
The Project Lifesaver device is how law enforcement are able to find Alzheimer or Dementia patients who may wonder off.
“The average person that went missing, stayed missing for an average of nine hours,” said Kent Smith.
That was before Project Lifesaver, now the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says they can find people within minutes.
“Last year we did a total of 20 senior alerts, this year we’re at 22 minutes and it’s just now November,”said Jay Mosley.
If you are interested in getting a Project Lifesaver device, you can contact your local sheriff’s office.
Stats on Missing Senior Alerts the Alabama Fusion Center has issued:
- 2015: 15
- 2016: 25
- 2017: 20
- So far in 2018: 22 (and we have about six weeks left in the year)
All 67 Sheriffs in Alabama are on board and participating in PLS as of April 2016, some city police departments are participating.