Wayne County Office of the Sheriff

Barry Virts, Sheriff

Press Release

September 5, 2019

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver tracking devices are offered at no cost to families with at risk individuals who may have autism, Down syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s or another type of cognitive impairment that puts them at risk for wandering or becoming lost. The transmitters, which are worn on the wrist or ankle, emit a tracking signal that allows at risk individuals to be located quickly after going missing.

At risk populations enrolled in the program receive a wrist or ankle bracelet with an individualized tracking signal. If the at risk individual goes missing, their caregiver notifies the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office through the Wayne County 911 Center for a trained emergency team response. Most at risk individuals who wander are found within a few miles from home and the Project Lifesaver technology can reduce search time from hours or days to minutes.

If you are traveling in and around New York State Sheriffs’ Offices in the following 48 counties,  New York City and Nassau County Police Departments have this system; Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Seneca, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester and Yates.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office received the Project Lifesaver system through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and in partnership with Project Lifesaver International and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

To enroll your loved one that is at risk for wandering or becoming lost contact

Amy Henkel at 315.946.5728 or email ahenkel@co.wayne.ny.us.