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Project Lifesaver

The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Craighead County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

These individuals might be prone to wander away from home and become confused or lost. Project Lifesaver allows for a proactive response by law enforcement if this happens. This not only saves time and manpower but also, gives caregivers and families peace of mind and reassurance that all possible resources will be utilized in the effort to locate and return their loved one home safely.

Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a special wrist or ankle bracelet equipped with a small transmitter which emits a tracking signal.  When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system.  The average time to locate a missing participant is 20-30 minutes from time of deployment.

Sheriff personnel and volunteers are uniquely trained to make your loved one feel at ease for a safe return home. 

For more information on this program, please contact (870) 935-5553.