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City of Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova Police Department

Project Lifesaver

The City of Rancho Cordova, in contract with the County of Sacramento, recognizes the necessity to better serve our citizens with cognitive brain disorders. Through innovative techniques and technologies, the Rancho Cordova Police/Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department hopes to be less reactive and more proactive in meeting the needs of our citizens. Our department is driven by the philosophy of community policing; one best attained through active community involvement, collaborative partnerships with individuals, groups and our business partners. We recognize the need to more efficiently identify and locate those with cognitive disorders when they walk away from the safety of their home.

Project Lifesaver was established in April of 1999 to utilize technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s , Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome and any other cognitive condition that causes wandering from the home. The Project Lifesaver program places personalized radio transmitters or GPS locators on identified persons. The transmitters look similar to a very large wrist watch and are powered by batteries. The batteries need to be replaced approximately every month, providing our department with the opportunity to personally interact with the user each month. Transmitters assist caregivers and the Rancho Cordova Police Department in locating those who cannot help themselves. Our teams respond immediately when a care taker notifies us their loved one is missing. It is our goal to locate those who wander within 30 minutes, versus hours.

If you know of anyone who has a diagnosed, cognitive disorder AND who wanders; please contact our Crime Prevention Specialist, Alexsis Yeager at: ayeager@sacsheriff.com OR 916-875-5852.

The Project Lifesaver program is currently free of charge to users and therefore, assisted by the generous donations of local businesses. The Project Lifesaver program is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization. If you are a local business who is willing to donate batteries to the program, please contact Alexsis Yeager.

For more information please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Alexsis Yeager at ayeager@sacsheriff.com.