City police bring in new equipment to keep people safe


TELL CITY, Ind. (WEHT)– A Perry County police department has taken steps to make sure some people in the city have an extra level of protection. The Tell City Police Department is now a part of Project Lifesaver. An organization that supports families and law enforcement in their work to keep people with cognitive disabilities safe.

“It’s about peace of mind.” Laura Noble, William Tell Elementary Principal says.

Worrying about those who wander can be a thing of the past for caregivers in tell city. With the help of a five thousand dollar donation, the department was able to buy equipment needed to track a person if they go missing.

“It uses a reliable radio frequency to identify individuals who may become lost due to some type of cognitive disorder.” Tell City Police Chief Derrick Lawalin says.

That’s people with Autism or Alzheimer’s. The department says it has a history with this type of station but the technology it has now is limited. So now, caregivers or parents will have the opportunity to buy a wearable transmitter that will send its own signal for the department to track.

The police chief says once they get word that someone wearing a device has gone missing they’ll be able to track them using radio frequencies. First getting in their vehicles to go out and find the signal then once it strong enough getting out to search on foot.

It’s an idea elementary school principal Laura Noble jumped at when she learned of it.

“The possibility of providing another level of safety and security for our students not to mention all the other committee members. So there was immediate interest right away,” Noble says.

She says, there have been instances where children wander off within the school. But she fears what could happen if they walk out the door.

“We have the woods around us so immediately we have a system where we alert everyone and we have a number of people in the building looking for the children.”

Tell city police chief Derrick Lawalin says this is new to everyone. But there will be an informational meeting for people interested in learning more.

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(This story was originally published on January 7, 2020)

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