Breaking News Bar
updated: 7/7/2011 5:05 PM

Warren Township, Gurnee partner on program

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Gurnee police Sgt. Brian Smith, right, explains the Care Trak equipment Thursday morning in Gurnee during a news conference. From left, Mayor Kristina Kovarik, Warren Township supervisor Sue Simpson and Gurnee police chief Bob Jones also participated in the announcement.

       Gurnee police Sgt. Brian Smith, right, explains the Care Trak equipment Thursday morning in Gurnee during a news conference. From left, Mayor Kristina Kovarik, Warren Township supervisor Sue Simpson and Gurnee police chief Bob Jones also participated in the announcement.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • A new Care Trak program was unveiled Thursday at the Warren Township Center with the purpose of quickly finding an at-risk child or at-risk adult who has become lost. The individuals wear a transmitter, in foreground, with police officials tracking the tone.

       A new Care Trak program was unveiled Thursday at the Warren Township Center with the purpose of quickly finding an at-risk child or at-risk adult who has become lost. The individuals wear a transmitter, in foreground, with police officials tracking the tone.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
By Samantha Bilharz
sbilharz@dailyherald.com

Warren Township and the village of Gurnee are partnering on a program designed to help police locate at-risk children and adults with special needs who may become lost.

Care Trak uses radio telemetry technology to find the missing person wearing the specially equipped tracking bracelet. Officials say the missing person can be found in as little as 30 minutes.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

"This helps our police department be much more efficient, and swiftly locate someone and spare the family a lot of trauma," Mayor Kristina Kovarik said during a news conference Thursday.

Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Crystal Lake, McHenry, are among several area suburbs that use the program.

The program is designed for children and adults with special needs, such as autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and would be unable to communicate their name or whereabouts if lost.

Care Trak is open to Warren Township residents who need care 24 hours a day and can provide a doctor's signature. Residents can call the Warren Special Recreation Association to inquire about buying a Care Trak transmitter kit.

The Warren Township Care Trak Program cost $10,000 for 10 transmitters, two receiver kits and police certification and training.

Six transmitters are available for purchase by township residents and four are used by police officers for training.

Currently, 12 police officers are trained for the program. More transmitters will become available depending on the demand.

The individual cost for a transmitter kit is $246. It includes the transmitter bracelet, case, battery and battery replacement tools. Financial assistance is also available for anyone who needs it to offset the price of the transmitter kit, officials said.

"The cost was minimal for the return. You cannot put a price on the life of a loved one if they get lost," Warren Township Supervisor Suzanne Simpson said.

The range of the tracking system is up to 1 mile on the ground and 5 miles in the air.

So far, one Gurnee parent has purchased a kit for her 6-year-old son.

"I hope that by us taking the initiative that it will spread to other communities in Lake County, because there is certainly an interest," Warren Township Administrator Ryan Johnson said.

Share this page