The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

Project Lifesaver

The 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 and conduct a search. To date, Project Lifesaver has 100% success rate in locating wandering children and adults. The program is funded through individual and corporate donations, not taxpayer dollars. Cost of equipment for each client is $300 per year.

“This program gives peace of mind to parents who have children with cognitive impairment.”

“We have not failed to successfully rescue program participants – not once.”

Contact: Stacie Talbot  E: Stacie.talbot@fairfaxcounty.gov  T: 571.238.4193