Project Lifesaver - Bringing Loved Ones Home
The Peoria Police Department is proud to announce its involvement in the Nationwide Project Lifesaver Program. The Project Lifesaver Program will be offered only to Peoria residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, autism, or other conditions that make them likely to wander away from caregivers. There is an initial start-up cost of $325.00 with an $80.00 annual fee to Project Life Saver.
Special needs residents in our community, who meet the eligibility requirements, are fitted with a device (bracelet) that would allow officers to track them should they become lost. The officers are equipped with locating devices that utilize radio frequencies to locate the transmitters that the program clients are issued.
Here are some statistics relating to Project Lifesaver:
- Began in 1999 by the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake, Virginia, as a search and rescue operation, based on the need to find missing Alzheimer’s victims. Later expanded to finding children with Autism and persons with Down syndrome.
- There are an estimated 5 Million persons in the United States with Alzheimer’s and by 2030; there will be an estimated 15 Million.
- 59% of Alzheimer’s victims develop the tendency to wander and 72% will do so repeatedly.
- If the victim is not found within 24 hours, there is only a 50% chance they will be recovered alive.
- Project Lifesaver started with 10 clients in Chesapeake Virginia in its “pilot program” in April 1999.
- The program achieved success immediately, recovering lost victims in a record average of less than 30 minutes.
- Over 2,600 searches have been conducted with a 100% success rate with no serious injuries of fatalities.
- Project Lifesaver is now operating in 47 states with over 1200 agencies in the United States, Canada and Australia.
How does Project Life Saver work:
- Qualified participants receive a bracelet with a waterproof radio transmitter, with an assigned radio frequency that is unique to them.
- The bracelets may be worn on the client's wrist or ankle.
- If a Project Lifesaver client goes missing, the caregiver should contact the Peoria Police Department immediately by calling 911.
- Trained officers will respond to the location and begin searching for the missing person using Project Lifesaver radio-frequency tracking equipment.
The Peoria Police Department's Project Lifesaver program is a voluntary program, to participate the prospective client must:
- Live within the city limits of Peoria.
- Have Alzheimer's Disease, other dementia disorders, autism, Down's Syndrome, or similar disorders, whether diagnosed or not.
- Be known to wander away from caretakers.
Caretakers must agree to assume the following responsibilities:
- Test the client's radio transmitter battery daily.
- Check the condition of the bracelet daily.
- Maintain a daily log sheet provided by the Project Lifesaver Team (on-line).
- Notify the Peoria Police Department’s Project Lifesaver Team promptly if there are any problems with the equipment.
- Most important, immediately call 911 if a Project Lifesaver client goes missing.
Print out the contract and questionnaire below and email or mail them to the Peoria Police Department, 8351 W. Cinnabar Street, Peoria, Arizona, 85345 or email@example.com
The Peoria Police Department is very proud to offer this special program to the residents within our community. Should you have any questions pertaining to the program, please call 623-773-8003 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org