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Belmont T.R.A.C. To Bring Vulnerable Loved Ones Home Safely

Post Date:07/15/2020 8:00 AM

Contact:  Lieutenant Pete Lotti/Press Information Officer 650.595.7412 plotti@belmont.gov

Belmont T.R.A.C. To Bring Vulnerable Loved Ones Home Safely.

Belmont Police Department Introduces Community Outreach Program for Locating At-Risk Missing Persons

 

Belmont, CA, July 15, 2020 – With summer upon us, many will be outside enjoying the outdoors. Earlier this year, the Belmont Police Department announced the release of their newest community outreach program, Belmont T.R.A.C. (Tracking & Recovery of Adults & Children).  Through this new program, Belmont families who have loved ones suffering from cognitive memory disorders or developmental impairments, such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Autism, will be provided sturdy GPS tracking units to help keep their family members safe.  The GPS units can be instrumental in quickly locating at-risk individuals who wander and become lost.Dementia-related wandering is a serious safety risk. According to a study reported in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 40% of people with dementia get lost, and 5% get lost repeatedly.

Belmont T.R.A.C. is dedicated to Belmont resident and dementia sufferer Paul Farmer, who went missing in August of 2019.  Mr. Farmer remains missing to this day, and is the driving force behind this program. “Mr. Farmer’s disappearance has been a tragic loss for his family and our community,” stated Chief of Police Tony Psaila. “We want to ensure to the maximum extent possible that this never happens to anyone again.” 

The Belmont Police Department will only have the ability to track citizens with the GPS units with a family’s specific request during an emergency situation.  The GPS units are being issued free of charge, and the first year of AT&T LTE-M network service is included for free.  After the first year, participants must pay $5 per month or $50 per year to maintain the network service. Participants are also required to utilize their own web-enabled smart phone or computer to track their missing loved one.

To learn more about the Belmont T.R.A.C. program, go towww.belmont.gov/TRAC, or contact Belmont Police Lt. Ken Stenquist at 650-595-7400.

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