Project Lifesaver

Safety Education Unit Supervisor:
Sgt. Heather Atchley
(256) 341-4660

An international search and rescue organization for individuals diagnosed with cognitive conditions, Project Lifesaver supplies bracelets that transmit a radiofrequency to reduce the time it takes to find a missing person who may wander from his or her caregiver.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism, or any type of brain disorder that would cause them to wander or become lost, they are eligible for a Project Lifesaver bracelet.

Participants must:

  • Have a caregiver with them at least 75% of the time.
  • Wear the bracelet at all times.
  • Never drive a vehicle at any time.

Once registered, supervising patrol officers are made aware of those registered for Project Lifesaver and are prepared for specialized rescue efforts on every shift.

If the registrant becomes missing, the caregiver is to notify the Decatur Police Department, so that a search team can be deployed. The bracelet is not monitored until a search is initiated.

There is no cost to enroll.

Since 1999, Project Lifesaver has helped in the rescue of over 3,300 missing persons.

For more information about Decatur’s Project Lifesaver program, please contact Sgt. Heather Atchley or call (256) 341-4600.