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Pinellas sheriff joins wristband project to track mentally challenged

The Project Lifesaver Program speeds hunts for the missing.

Pinellas County Sheriff\u2019s Office

The Project Lifesaver Program speeds hunts for the missing.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office announced Monday its participation with the Project Lifesaver Program, which is designed to help the agency locate missing people who have Alzheimer's disease, dementia, autism and other similar conditions.

The national nonprofit program provides wristbands that contain transmitters to help law enforcement agencies track missing people.

The system has been proven to shorten the search time for missing people, said program coordinator Sgt. Larry Nalven. The Sheriff's Office handled between 80 and 90 calls for help locating missing adults with special needs in 2008, Nalven said.

The equipment — including a transmitter, a year's supply of wristbands, batteries and a battery tester — costs $300. A year's worth of replacement wristbands and batteries costs $70. Need-based financial assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis from a fund set up by Pinellas Sheriff Jim Coats and supported by forfeiture funds.

Pinellas County residents are eligible but must register with the Sheriff's Office.

For information on how to register or to donate money to be used for need-based financial assistance, call the Sheriff's Office's Project Lifesaver Program at (727) 582-6806, send an e-mail to projectlifesaver@pcsonet.com or visit the Web site at www.pcsoweb.com and click on the Project Lifesaver link.

Pinellas sheriff joins wristband project to track mentally challenged 04/13/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 11:46pm]
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