Project Lifesaver Program
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office has been a part of the Project Lifesaver Organization since 2002. This outreach program is an essential service provided to the public in order to alleviate the strain put on the caregivers of persons sufferring from Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism and other Related Mental Dysfunction Disorders.
Our Project Lifesaver program currently serves 52 clients. A good portion of those clients suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. In many cases, the missing clients are often unaware of their surroundings and are unable to respond to others who call out for them. This program is designed to reduce the search time to mere minutes and return them safely to their caregivers.
Project Lifesaver strongly supports and encourages a valuable relationship between officer, client and caregiver. Our agency currently has 5 officers certified by the National Project Lifesaver Organization. The PLS officers are trained K-9 Handlers and certified to operate the specialized tracking equipment used in searches. Each client wears a wristband that emits a tracking signal every second. Each wristband is personalized with its own specific radio frequency used track the missing client from the area last seen. Our officers are trained in developing methods of communication and establishing a rapport with the clients and caregivers prior to a critical emergency of a search and rescue.
Our process begins with a telephone screening of the responsible caregiver regarding the potential client.
Criteria used to determine client eligibility for the program:
- Client must be accompanied by a caregiver 24/7.
- Client must not operate a vehicle.
- Client cannot live alone.
- Client has a history of wandering.
If determined eligible, an officer from the K-9 Unit will follow-up with an in-home assessment and once determined, the client will be fitted with a personal wrist band to be purchased by caregiver.
Non-PAAD client(s) - $20 per month fee for replacement of wristband’s battery.
Client(s) registered with PAAD - no monthly fee
In 2012, the K-9 Unit had thirty two clients (11 adults and 21 special needs children) and 12 service calls for equipment malfunctions or maintenance. There was one deployment for a missing person who was successfully located.
Visit Office of Senior Services to learn more about PAAD.
To apply for this service or for further information contact June Farrington at 732-557-4427, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM