|Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
|Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
| PROJECT LIFESAVER
Project Lifesaver is a rapid response program that aids victims, (and their families), who wander as
a result of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome or Dementia. It uses state of the art technology and
specifically trained Deputy Sheriff’s to locate those individuals who have wandered and may be lost and
otherwise in peril.
Project Lifesaver clients wear a watch type wrist band transmitter which emits a tracking signal. When a
caregiver, parent or guardian reports that someone is missing and may have wandered away, a search team
from the Sheriff’s Office responds to the area of last contact. Even while responding, the Sheriff’s
Office has the ability to monitor for the tracking signal from a specially equipped Sheriff’s patrol vehicle. When
arriving in the area of last contact, a hand held directional unit will be used for further search of areas not
assessable by vehicle.
Project Lifesaver is provided to Columbia County residents as a result of a partnership established between
the Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County Office for the Aging and the Taconic Developmental
Disabilities Services Office which is a regional office for the New York State Office of Mental
Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. The program is financed through funds obtained by that
office for these types of programs.
The wrist bands are issued free of charge. For those with Autism, Down Syndrome or other qualifying
diagnosis served by the Taconic Office of Person with Developmental Disabilities, please call 845-473-5050
and ask for the Project Lifesaver Coordinator.
For those with Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia or other cognitive impairments, please call the Columbia County
Office for the Aging at 518-828-4258 and ask for the Project Lifesaver Coordinator.
If a person does not qualify for a free wrist band, they may still participate in the program by
Program Lifesaver greatly increases the ability of the Sheriffs Office to find someone who may be disoriented
and has wandered and may be lost, and return them safely to their family or caregiver.