Project Lifesaver is a program within the Broome County Sheriff’s Office that uses a device to help find people who go missing. Other departments’ officers can participate if they are certified. Broome County Sheriff’s Office has been using the project since 2016 and has received funding from the ‘Cops 4 a Cause’ organization to keep the program going. Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says they get a few of these missing cases a year, but are often able to find the person within the day they are reported missing. “If they’re involved in our program, we can find them fairly quickly,” said Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy, Robert Stapleton. Often, those involved in the program are people with special needs or people who struggle with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They have bracelets that can be detected by a special device when they are miles within range. If you feel you are in need of this assistance, you can learn more about Project Lifesaver here. (WBNG) — When the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office needed assistance in finding a local teen who went missing, Vestal Police and Broome County Sheriff’s Office joined in with the program, Project Lifesaver. In a recent case in which the device was used, a 15-year-old Apalachin boy with Autism wandered away from his home and ended up in a neighborhood in Vestal. That’s when the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, Vestal Police, and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office jumped into action together. They credited teamwork in finding the boy within a couple of hours. “It can detect that radio transmitter that the child is wearing that’ll send a signal to the antenna, which gives us an audible tone,” explained Vestal Police Investigator, Lucas Shaw, who helped in the search.