Crisp County Sheriff hopes to find lost Alzheimer's victims with - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Crisp County Sheriff hopes to find lost Alzheimer's victims with new device

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The Crisp County Sheriff's Office has used confiscated drug money to help the people of its county.

It's called Project lifesaver, and it's a search and find device now being used in Crisp County.

"It's an opportunity for us to be able to help our citizens that may have someone that is elderly with Alzheimer's or they may have special needs," said Sheriff Bill Hancock.

Select Officers spent the last couple days learning how to use the device. They took us on a demonstration Thursday. Project lifesaver was created in 1999 and is now used in 48 states and multiple countries. Sheriff's officials say using seized drug money to buy the equipment made perfect sense.

"This organization has come up with this device and it can be put in the field immediately. This saves lives and money," said Sgt. Ben Bray.

It also saves precious time. Project Lifesaver led us directly to a hidden bracelet in about 5 minutes. And that's precisely the point--cutting search times.

"And not only are these searches successful, it's cut the search time down to 30 minutes," said Bray.

Project Lifesaver has helped save about 2800 people in the last 15 years. Anyone who wants a bracelet can get one at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office, even if they don't live in that county.

"Somebody should come from out of state or out of county and be a member of project lifesaver, they can register with us and we will know they were in our community and if they were to walk away while they were here then we could immediately start to assist finding those individuals as well," said Hancock.

Sheriff Hancock hopes to train all his officers on Project Lifesaver.

Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • Sisters face drug charges in Coffee Co.

    Sisters face drug charges in Coffee Co.

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:44 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:44:52 GMT
    (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)(Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)

    Krystel Merritt and Christina Maria Lott of Douglas are behind bars at the Coffee County Jail following a lengthy investigation by drug agents. 

    More >>

    Krystel Merritt and Christina Maria Lott of Douglas are behind bars at the Coffee County Jail following a lengthy investigation by drug agents. 

    More >>
  • Albany Target to hire seasonal employees soon

    Albany Target to hire seasonal employees soon

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-09-19 09:33:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Nationwide, the company plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to help with the demand.

    More >>

    Nationwide, the company plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to help with the demand.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly