Community Programs: Project Lifesaver
Giving caregivers and families peace of mind.
The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.
These individuals might be prone to wander away from home and become confused or lost. Project Lifesaver allows for a proactive response by law enforcement if this happens. This not only saves time and manpower but also, gives caregivers and families peace of mind and reassurance that all possible resources will be utilized in the effort to locate and return their loved one home safely.
Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a special wrist or ankle bracelet equipped with a small transmitter which emits a signal that law enforcement can track when someone goes missing. Search times have been reduced from days and hours, to minutes. Average recovery times are well under 30 minutes.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office serves as the lead agency for Project Lifesaver and in this role, it coordinates the overall operations and management of the program to ensure effective services. Other area agencies provide collaborative support, funding and programmatic assistance in the areas of participant referrals and application review.
- The application must be completed and submitted by the legal primary family member/caregiver (authorized representative) for a relative with a physician-confirmed diagnosis.
- The individual must reside in Morris County with a primary caregiver.
Interested in enrolling in Project Lifesaver? For your convenience, we have made the enrollment application available online in PDF format.
Questions? For more information, contact Support Services at 973.285.6685.
Quick Facts: How does Project Lifesaver work?
- The authorized representative completes and submits an enrollment application.
- Once the application has been approved, a sheriff’s officer from the Support Services Unit schedules installation of the bracelet.
- The sheriff’s officer installs the bracelet, trains the authorized representative on how the program works, and develops a schedule for performing routine maintenance which will be done by a sheriff’s officer or designated agency.
- When an individual is discovered missing, a call must be immediately placed to a designated emergency number for Project Lifesaver and the global tracking device unit and search procedures will be activated to aid in locating the person.
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