Roanoke Police Officer to speak at national conference

Roanoke (WSLS) - The Roanoke City Police Department will come into the national spotlight today for it's Project Lifesaver training program.

Project Lifesaver is used by law enforcement agencies around the country. The program places tracking bracelets on individuals with Alzheimer's or Autism, allowing police to locate an individual quickly if they ever go missing.

Currently, Roanoke City is one of the only department in the nation that fully certifies its recruits to use tracking equipment during it's training academy.

Officer Travis Akins heads up the program for Roanoke City.

Today, he will speak to more than 65 agencies about the importance of early training at a national conference in Orlando.

The hope is that other agencies will set up training programs of their own.

The Lynchburg Sheriff's Department and Christiansburg Police Department are expected to attend the session today.

It will take place at 8:30am.

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