Marshfield Police Department is proud to bring the SafetyNet service to Marshfield, offering peace of mind for caregivers of people at risk of wandering. When someone you love is affected by autism, Alzheimer's, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions, the chance of him or her wandering and becoming lost is potentially high, and may lead to tragic consequences. Working hand in hand with the Marshfield Police, the SafetyNet service helps quickly find and bring your loved one home, providing you with additional protection and peace of mind.
Proven Technology & Processes to Help Find People Who Wander and Go Missing
The SafetyNet service helps caregivers provide an added layer of protection for loved ones with cognitive conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's from the potentially life-threatening behavior of wandering. The service enables the Marshfield Police to more effectively find and rescue people at risk in the event they wander, supplementing traditional searches that often take countless man-hours. By leveraging proven technology and processes, the SafetyNet service aids in the safe return of a person who goes missing and provides peace of mind to caregivers.
How SafetyNet Works
Once caregivers enroll their loved ones in the service, they receive a SafetyNet Bracelet, which is worn by the person at risk typically on their wrist or ankle. The caregiver provides information about the client to assist in search and rescue, which is then entered into a secure database. The SafetyNet provides 24x7 emergency caregiver support. For participating public safety agencies like the Marshfield Police, SafetyNet provides Search and Rescue Receivers, certified training and ongoing support at no cost.
The SafetyNet Bracelet constantly emits a Radio Frequency signal. Radio Frequency is the technology of choice because, unlike cellular and GPS technology, its signal doesn't rely on cellular networks or satellite signals and can often be tracked when a client wanders into a shallow body of water, a densely wooded area, a concrete structure such as a garage, or a building constructed with steel.
The Search and Rescue Receivers can detect the Radio Frequency signal emitted from a SafetyNet Bracelet typically within a range of approximately one mile in on-the-ground searches and 5-7 miles in searches by helicopter.
The certified training for public safety agencies focuses on the use of specialized electronic equipment, technology, procedures and on how to effectively communicate with and approach individuals who have cognitive conditions. SafetyNet's secure database contains information on each individual client enrolled in the program so that the Marshfield Police search and rescue teams can have information on the individual's physical characteristics, personal habits and how he or she should be approached, addressed and comforted.
Resources for Caregivers
SafetyNet offers SafetyNetSource (website), an online information and resource center designed to assist caregivers seeking tips and information on how to protect their loved ones who wander. SafetyNetSource offers compelling content from across the web, access to the SafetyNetSource Twitter feed and YouTube channel, a Facebook page to help caregivers communicate with one another and engage in a community of support, plus a variety of valuable resources for caregivers such as forms to distribute to their local first responders and neighbors that may be helpful in the event their loved one wanders.
For more information on enrollment please contact:
Detective Greg Davis
Marshfield Police Department
(781) 834-6655 ext. 141