Sheriff’s Department Receives CareTrak Grant

Friday, January 1st, 2010 @ 3:50PM

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The DeKalb County Community Foundation issued a grant to The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office of $2,500.00 to help fund the purchase of technology to assist in locating missing individuals who wander away from home because they suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Downs Syndrome, or other special needs. The system is called Care Trak. The full cost of the system is $5,000.00, which includes two locating devices and training for law enforcement officers. Sheriff Scott is seeking additional funding sources in order to purchase this equipment.

The system will be able to be used countywide, and will allow volunteer families with members who medically qualify to join this Care Trak Program. There will be a one-time cost of $250.00, for each individual to be outfitted with a bracelet transmitter.

The system was brought to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office in the spring of 2009. by a mother of Downs Syndrome Child who lives in Sycamore. She had heard about the program and was trying to find a program locally. After doing some research on Care Trak and talking with Sheriff Roger Mulch of Jefferson County who has had the program for about three years, the Sheriff’s Office applied for the Community Foundation Grant. Care Trak is currently used in several agencies nation-wide, and in
Illinois is used by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Crystal Lake Police Dept., Naperville Police Dept, and most recently introduced at Schaumberg Police Dept.

This system is designed to track missing individuals suffering from Alzheimer, and similar challenges, and is not designed for general use or to act as a protection against kidnapping.

Organizations or individuals who would like more information about the program and /or make a donation, may contact Sheriff Scott at 815 895 1633, or email rscott@dekalbcounty.org

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