Every minute counts when it comes to searching for a loved one. 14 employees and 1 employee with the Crestview Police Department are now trained with the necessary tools to search for adults and children who may wander due to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism and dementia. The new members are comprised from several areas of the Sheriff’s Office – Beach and Marine Unit, Sheriff’s Posse, Communications and Patrol. The training included two days of on-site instruction and re-certification is every two years. The Project Lifesaver Program was
introduced in Walton County in 2008. To date, the Sheriff’s Office has 19 certified members for the program with 5 also certified as instructors.
Nationwide there are 45 states that participate in the program. The method of operation relies on specially trained search and rescue teams and radio technology. For citizens enrolled in the program, they are given a small transmitter to wear on their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If the enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone interested in the Project Lifesaver Program to contact Lt Danny Garner or Deputy Harold Shover at 850-892-8186 for more information. Project Lifesaver International also provides additional information about the program at www. projectlifesaver.org.