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Friday, September 30, 2011

Device locates mentally impaired people who wander away

Device locates mentally impaired people who wander away

LAYTON -- When a person with special needs wanders away or gets lost, it may take hours for them to be found. A new device demonstrated Thursday at the Layton Police Department may shorten that time to just minutes.

Layton Police Department is teaming up with EmFinders to help locate missing persons with autism, Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Police Chief Terry Keefe said his department has responded to many missing special needs cases. The department spent over 425 hours searching for people with Alzheimer's, dementia and autism from June 1, 2010, through July 1, 2011, Keefe stated.

"We have spent hundreds of manhours and lots of resources," he said during a news conference.

"We started looking for technology available to serve that population and something that would save taxpayer's dollars," said Police Lt. Garret Atkin.

During that search, the department found EmFinders, a company that began five years ago

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