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Each person accepted into the program is isssued a small transmitter device that is worn on the wrist or ankle. Each transmitter has a specific frequency and is designated to a particular person. The transmitter is powered by a small battery and when put together looks like a watch and is about the same size. When the Sheriff's Office is notified that a person wearing a transmitter is missing, specialily trained deputies are dispatched to the area and begin the search. These deputies have all been through the certification class and are qualified to use the equipment. The deputies are outfitted with radio receivers that are able to pick up the signal being transmitted by the transmitter worn by the missing person. Once the signal is established, the deputies are able to narrow the search until the person is located.
Each transmitter has a range of approximately 1 mile, depending on the terrain. It does not matter if a person has wandered into a building or is not visible from the air, the transmitter will continue to emit a signal. If a signal cannot be established from the beginning point then the search area is enlarged, the receivers can be placed in vehicles or in an aircraft to help broaden the search area.
In order for a person to be excepted into the program there must be a responsible person available (caregiver) that will agree to the following:
1. The transmitter must be checked each day to make sure that it is functioning properly and a log maintained showing that these checks have been made.
2. Ensure to the best of their ability that the person enrolled in the program wears the transmitter.
3. Will notify the Lee County Sheriff's Office immediately if/when the person enrolled in the program is missing.
4. Sign a contract detailing the program (A sample contract can be viewed here).
5. Purchase the transmitter at a cost of $300.00 ( this includes the price of the tester ) and pay a monthly fee of $10.00 to cover the cost of the battery replacement which is done once a month.
6. Understand that the Project Lifesaver program does not replace the need for constant supervised care of the person enrolled.