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 program.

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 disorders.

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.

Visit www.ProjectLifesaver.org for more information!


Program Application (Ms WORD)

Program Contract (PDF)

Client Instructions & Contact Card (PDF)

Client Request for Program Termination (PDF)

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:

1.  Using the menu on the right, print the program contract.  Read the program contract and sign it.

2.  Using the menu on the right, print the program application.  Fill out the program contract in its entirety.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.  Once 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 circumstances occur.

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.

7.  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 the Program?
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 information.

Is the Bracelet Waterproof?
The bracelets are designed to be worn all of the time and are waterproof.

Who Should Apply for the Program?
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 Information?
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 at cpollock@co.dunn.wi.us, 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.