Sheriff's Office

Project Lifesaver

Beginning June 1, 2015, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office began offering Project Lifesaver to Beltrami County residents.  Project Lifesaver uses state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism, Down syndrome and any other cognitive conditions that cause wandering.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a one-time equipment and training grant to join and implement Project Lifesaver and offer it to the community.  Additionally, in the summer of 2015 we secured a onetime sustainment grant from the State of Minnesota Department of Justice.  The Project Lifesaver program places personalized radio transmitters on identified persons. Transmitters will assist caregivers and the Sheriff’s Office in locating those who cannot help themselves. When properly used and maintained they can result in an average rescue time of 30 minutes.

Project Lifesaver was made available to the Sheriff’s Office through an “Autism Speaks” grant which awarded training, equipment and three transmitters that can be awarded to the caregiver of an individual with a diagnosis of ASD. 

In April 2015, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Anderson and Deputy Scott Hinners attended the free training that was sponsored by the Todd County Sheriff’s Office in Long Prairie, MN.  Along with the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies Anderson and Hinners were instructed how to implement, promote, and maintain the equipment and program.  This course was also a train the trainer course, allowing Deputy Hinners and Anderson to bring the training back to share with other Sheriff’s Office employees.

As a caregiver of victims of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome or any other cognitive conditions that causes wandering, you can participate in the program by calling the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at 218-333-9111.  Upon your phone call, a Deputy will complete a report and forward it to either Deputy Anderson or Deputy Hinners.  Deputy Anderson or Hinners will contact the caregiver, provide information and explain the equipment, criteria, and contract.  Deputy’s Anderson and Hinners will then complete all follow up and monitoring which will include meeting with the caregiver and client every 30 days to service the equipment. A contract must be signed in order to participate in the program and there is a very nominal $10.00 fee that is paid to Project Lifesaver International. 

Project Lifesaver has over 1,400 participating member agencies throughout 48 states in the U.S., six provinces in Canada, and Australia, and has performed 3,000 searches over the last 16 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation.

Project Lifesaver International provides in-depth training for law enforcement and other public safety agencies on the use of specialized electronic search and rescue equipment, technology and procedures, as well as teaching rescuers how to communicate with people afflicted with cognitive conditions, all of which are essential to the successful rescue of missing persons who wander or otherwise become lost.

Project Lifesaver