The Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver program serves the needs of children and adults with autism, Down syndrome or a cognitive impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, that may cause them to chronically wander and not find their way back home.
Project Lifesaver clients wear a wrist or ankle band that emits a silent radio frequency. When caregivers notify the Sheriff ’s Office that their loved one is missing, specially-trained Sheriff’s deputies respond to the area and conduct a search with state-of-the-art locating equipment. Project Lifesaver has a 100 percent success rate in locating wandering children and adults and bringing them safely home.
After a deputy meets with the client and caregiver to put on the wrist or ankle band, he or she will visit the client every 60 days to replace the transmitter battery and band. Deputies can electronically update client information, such as height and weight, a photograph, medical issues and favorite hiding places without having to rely on site visits or paper files.
Project Lifesaver equipment is funded through individual and corporate donations. Our cost per client is $300 per year. We suggest a $25 monthly donation from the caregiver, but the inability to pay does not prevent participation in the program.
- The client must be a resident of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Town of Herndon or Town of Vienna and have a legally responsible caregiver willing to place the client in the program.
- Download a Project Lifesaver Application on behalf of the potential client and caregiver.
- Download a Caregiver Contract.
- Complete both documents and mail them to:
Project LifesaverFairfax County Sheriff's Office10520-B Judicial DriveFairfax, VA 22030
Note that you may be put on a waiting list after you submit the above documents. Questions? Please send us an email.