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Project Lifesaver

The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals is a responsibility the Lexington Police Department takes seriously. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

How it Works

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PL clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.

If you are interested in enrolling a friend or loved one on the program, please contact the Lexington Police Department at (540) 462-3705 to speak with the Project Lifesaver Coordinator. PLEASE NOTE: Costs may vary – please schedule a consultation for specific program costs. Through grant participation and your generous donations, services are often funded at reduced rates.

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