ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — The Ardmore Police Department has a new tracking system called SafetyNet. It's for people who wander off from their home and can't be found, and uses a watch to send a signal to a transmitter.

"Family and caregivers of people that have special needs are aware of the potential of that person wandering off," Dr. Jose Clay-Flores said, an autism consultant at Fundamentals Pediatric Therapy Center.

Ardmore police were first made aware of the SafetyNet tracking system by staff at the Fundamentals Pediatric Therapy Center.

It could help track people who have cognitive disabilities like autism, dementia and Alzheimer’s that run away.

"Children that don't do well in social settings, they want to seek an environment that's peaceful; that's calming, and sometimes they'll run away,” Clay-Flores said. “They'll keep running until they find a peaceful place."

Ardmore Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the state to have the SafetyNet tracking system.

If someone is reported missing and has a SafetyNet watch, the watch would send a frequency to a transmitter.

"Our hand held antenna is going to have a three-mile range,” Ardmore police corporal Dylan Davis explained. “Once you get to the strongest signal, you go to the hand held device. Still having the same frequency, you're going to do a 360 [degree turn]. In your 360, you may not hear a ping, then you'll gradually hear a ping-- gradually hear a ping."

According to corporal Dylan Davis, the new tracking system could cut the search time for a missing person in half while requiring less officers.