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Project Lifesaver helps law enforcement agencies track down at-risk missing persons

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Concern for the safety of at-risk missing people has prompted the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Offices to support Project Lifesaver.

The program provides personalized wristbands to those who are enrolled. The wristbands emit a tracking signal that can help search teams more quickly find the wearer if he or she is reported missing. 

"It's a game changer for us because it makes it much easier to locate loved ones and it's better because it gives peace of mind," said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Commander Aaron Nix. "It exponentially increases their chances of surviving because they are not exposed to the elements."

"(The wristbands) literally can make the difference between life or death," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. "We have instances where people have walked into wilderness areas, to remote areas that are potentially life-threatening if not located quickly from that kind of environment."

For more information on Project Lifesaver in San Luis Obispo County, call (805) 548-0909 or visit the program's website. In Santa Barbara County, call the Sheriff's Office at (805) 681-4100. People outside of the area can contact Project Lifesaver International at (877) 580-LIFE.

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