Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Program   


What is 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 with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. 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.
Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International (PLI) will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones.

How Does it Work ???

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 PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations


Project Lifesaver is a voluntary program. In order to participate, 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 monthly log sheet provided by the Project Lifesaver Team
  • Notify the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Team promptly if there are any problems with the equipment.
  • Most important, call 911 immediately if a Project Lifesaver client goes missing !!!!
There is a requested $20.00 a month fee to monitor clients, and funds are used to refurbish bands, batteries and supplies for the equipment. A trained representative from the Sheriffs Office will meet with the client and caregiver once a month to ensure proper maintenance of equipment and replace batteries and bands. Clients’ records and profiles are kept on hard copy at the Sheriffs office as well as in the project lifesaver database for quick access and response.

If a Project Lifesaver client goes missing, the caregiver should use 911 to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office immediately. Trained Officers will respond at once and search for the missing person using Project Lifesaver radio-frequency tracking equipment.

Project Lifesaver teams are specially trained, not only in search and rescue and the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder. Locating the individual is only part of the mission. The person who is located will be disoriented, anxious, and untrusting. The Project Lifesaver team knows how to approach the person, gain their trust and put them at ease for the trip home.  




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Project Lifesaver


To see if your loved one is eligible Contact Lt. Erin Long at :
704 732-9050
  For more information you can visit the Project Lifesaver website at: