Project Lifesaver

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Project Lifesaver International, is proud to offer the Project Lifesaver program to the residents of Charlotte County.

What is Project Lifesaver?

The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. People who are part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the Sheriff's Office that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locator tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to mere minutes.

The Project Lifesaver wristband is much more than a passive ID bracelet. It is a one-ounce battery-operated wrist transmitter that emits an automatic signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles. As each wristband has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team can positively locate and identify the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.

Project Lifesaver is not just a Sheriff's Office program. It belongs to the community. It is all about people and partnerships. The Sheriff's Office, civic groups, businesses and caregivers all join together in developing and strengthening all aspects of the program, including rescues, fundraising and education.

If you are a caregiver of an adult or child who might benefit from the Project Lifesaver program, please contact our Project Lifesaver Coordinator listed below. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this valuable, life-saving program, check out our Volunteer Programs.

Project Lifesaver Flyer

Mailing Address

Tammy Wilkie
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Project Lifesaver Coordinator
7474 Utilities Road
Punta Gorda FL 33982
(941) 833-1824

Project Take Me Home

Take Me Home is a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office program created to assist those who are unable to speak for themselves for what-ever the reason, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Autism or Down syndrome. Information will be stored in our computer system only accessible by Sheriff’s deputies or 911 operators to aid in getting the lost party home. If your loved one has gone missing and you are signed up in the program, we can immediately get the photo and description out on the street to search more accurately. Take Me Home is free to all Charlotte County Citizens.

This is not a tracking/locator program like our Project Lifesaver program, which is still available.

Project Take Me Home Application

Contact Tammy Wilkie at 833-1822 or communityaffairs@ccso.net for more information.