The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office administers a law enforcement tracking program called Care Trak. The Care Trak Program is an organized group of local law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, and health partnerships that have joined forces to help those that have a diagnosed medical condition, have a tendency to wander and have problems with communication. The diagnosed medical conditions that are currently being utilized by Care Trak include: Alzehimer’s, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, and any other diagnosed disorder with communication issues and/or tendencies to wander.
A special hand held radio wave frequency locating device and antennas that specially trained and equipped law enforcement officers use to locate the transmitter allows for the tracking of such individuals. A participating client who applies with the Sheriff’s Office wears a Care Trak bracelet that is used for locating purposes. This is a law enforcement program only and is not to be used for any other purposes such as babysitting, “spousal control”, or for unaffected adults and children.
The caretaker for each applicant who resides within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction will be required to execute a written waiver acknowledging that the Care Trak Program creates no special duty on the part of the Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office or their employees toward the individual clients, and waives liability and hold harmless the County, Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office and its employees for failing to locate a client in a timely manner. Care Trak tracking equipment has a tracking range of up to one mile on land and up to five miles from air support. Tracking capabilities may be affected by weather, environment conditions, terrain, etc.
- Those persons who successfully complete the application process and are approved by the Sheriff’s Office will be known as a “client”.
- Clients are required to live in a jurisdiction of a participating law enforcement agency that is within Kankakee County.
- All clients’ caretakers are required to perform two daily tests of the transmitter, as well as meet with the Sheriff’s Office, or its designee on a monthly basis.
- Those clients that are not in good standing or compliance with the requirements set forth by Care Trak Inc. and the Sheriff’s Office, will be deemed to be not actively participating in this program.
- The Sheriff’s Office will notify the affected law enforcement agency of any change in status of clients living within their jurisdiction.
- In rare incidents, persons who are a part of the Care Trak Program in other jurisdictions may be reported missing in Kankakee County. Sheriff’s personnel may have the capability of locating these individuals with this Department’s equipment. The caretaker of the client from the other jurisdiction will be required to execute a written waiver acknowledging that the Care Trak Program creates no special duty on the part of the Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office or their employees toward the individual clients, and waives liability and hold harmless the County, Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office and its employees for failing to locate a client in a timely manner as a part of the reporting process while the search for the client is on-going.
Anyone interested in seeking additional information in regards to this program is encouraged to contact Lieutenant Chad Gessner at the Sheriff’s Office (815) 802-7100.