About the Program
The Dunn County Sheriff's Office
became part of the International Project Lifesaver
Program in the fall of 2013. We have four deputies
that received specialized training by Project Lifesaver
and those deputies are now certified to teach other
officers of the department how to run the program.
Our agency was able to purchase the Project Lifesaver
locating equipment after being awarded a grant for the
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide
timely response to save lives and reduce potential
injury for adults and children who wander due to
Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or
The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals
with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or
other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious
responsibility. Without effective procedures and
equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies,
hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands
of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the
essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a
tragic outcome. Working hand in hand with trained
public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International
(PLI) will help you save time, money and most
importantly, your loved ones.
You should know, that when you look at other products or
so called programs, Project Lifesaver is the one they
are trying to copy.
for more information!
Program Application (Ms WORD)
Program Contract (PDF)
Client Instructions &
Contact Card (PDF)
Client Request for Program
Contact Agency Program Coordinator
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for the Project Lifesaver
Program and you are a resident of Dunn County, Wisconsin,
follow the instructions provided below:
Using the menu on the right, print the program contract.
Read the program contract and sign it.
the menu on the right, print the program application.
Fill out the program contract in its entirety.
Contact the Dunn County Sheriff's Office during business
hours to schedule an appointment with the Program
Coordinator or another deputy assigned to the Project
Lifesaver Program. This meeting may be over the phone
if necessary, but we prefer to meet in person. This
first meeting is for the caregivers only. The program
liaison with the Sheriff's Office will review the application
and answer any questions you may have. At this
meeting, the sign-up fee will be due. Please make
checks payable to "Dunn County Project Lifesaver". The
sign-up fee is $300.00. The sign-up
fee covers the cost of the transmitter bracelet.
Your application will be reviewed by the Program supervisor
for the Sheriff's Office. Once reviewed and accepted,
a liaison will contact you to schedule a meeting date.
At this meeting, the liaison deputy will meet the client.
After meeting the liaison deputy, the deputy will attach the
wristband transmitter. If this is unable to be
completed on the first date, the deputy will make special
arrangements to return and try again. We understand
that some clients may be sensitive and may not want to wear
the wristband right away. Our trained liaisons will do
their best to establish a relationship with the client and
try and get them to wear the wristband.
the wristband is attached, the liaison deputy will have to
return every 30 days to complete a battery and unit check.
We will try and maintain a schedule that works best for you
and your client. From experience we feel it is best to
try and keep the same date each month, ex: 1st of every
month, etc. to complete battery changes. These future
visits will only take a few minutes of your day. We
also try and maintain a "routine" for the clients and the
same liaison deputy will come each time, unless unforseen
6. After the intial visit,
it is the caregiver's responsibility to check the wristband
each day with the battery tester provided. The tester
confirms that the unit is working. You must also sign
off the checklist and provide it to the liaison deputy each
month. If you find that there is a problem with the
wristband or unit, you can contact your liaison deputy and
schedule a time that he/she may come out and fix it.
Each month there will be a $10.00 fee which
covers the cost of a new battery and wristband.
If a time comes where you no longer wish to be a part of the
program, you must complete the program termination request
form which is also provided on this website. Sign it
and turn it over to the program coordinator. You will
be responsible for returning any equipment that Dunn County
Project Lifesaver provided to you.
How Much Does it Cost?
There is a one-time sign-up fee of $300.00
to start the program. This fee covers the cost of the
inital wristband, battery, transmitter bracelet, and
caregiver battery tester. Once enrolled, there is a
$10.00 fee each month that covers the cost
of a new wristband and battery.
What if I Cannot Afford
If you are unable to afford
the program there may still be options available for you.
Contact the program supervisor to discuss some options.
Some of these options include available grants and/or
donations to cover the initial fees. Use the link
above to contact the Program Coordinator for more
The bracelets are
designed to be worn all of the time and are waterproof.
Who Should Apply for
The program is designed for
persons that are prone to wandering due to autism,
alzheimer's, or another medical condition. The program
is not designed for persons who wander due to defiant
behavior, such as a teen who runs away from home.
Where Should I go for More
You can visit the
International Project Lifesaver website at
www.projectlifesaver.org or contact our agency and speak
with a program liaison deputy. You can also contact the
Dunn County Project Lifesaver Program coordinator by e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 715-231-2915.
If program liaisons are not available when you call, please
provide a few days for them to respond as they are
responsible for other duties and work varying hours and not
soley assigned to Project Lifesaver.