Project Lifesaver

Sheriff's deputy changes transmitter battery in boy's ankle band.

Project Lifesaver assists families and caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions and disabilities. Project Lifesaver clients wear a wrist or ankle band that emits a silent tracking signal. When caregivers notify the Sheriff’s Office that a loved one is missing, a search and rescue team comprised of specifically trained sheriff’s deputies responds to the area with state-of-the-art tracking equipment.The program has a 100 percent track record of locating wandering adults and children and bringing them home.

Without having to rely on site visits or paper files, deputies can electronically update client information, such as height and weight, a photograph, medical issues and favorite hiding places.


  1. Download a Project Lifesaver Application on behalf of the potential client and caregiver.
  2. Download a Caregiver Contract.
  3. Complete both documents and mail them to: Project Lifesaver, Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, 10520-B Judicial Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
  4. Note that you may be put on a waiting list after you submit the above documents.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
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