Ralph Poland, a retired Marshfield police officer and a representative of SafetyNet Tracking Systems, will speak at the next Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the Haverhill High School library at 6 PM.
SafetyNet, founded in 2008, helps public safety agencies bring "loved ones who wander home safely," according to the company website. The service works with law enforcement and other public safety agencies to help rescue individuals, with autism, Alzheimer's, dementia, and other similar cognitive conditions, who have wandered off and become lost. The SafetyNet service is presently available in 18 states, including Massachusetts.
Mr. Poland will explain how the SafetyNet device works. Captain Robert Pistone and Sargent Kevin Lynch also will attend the meeting to talk about how the Haverhill Police Department is involved with SafetyNet and how it is pursuing grants to provide families SafetyNet devices free of charge.
Pat Svrcek, a member of the nonprofit Dracut Volunteers, Inc., will discuss how the organization has raised funds to purchase trackers for families who cannot afford to buy the device for their loved ones.
Haverhill High School is located at 137 Monument Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. The most convenient place to park for the meeting is behind the school in the last parking lot past the tennis courts on the left. The entrance closest to the library will be right across from the parking lot.