Chesterfield has waiting list for ‘Project Lifesaver’ bracelet

Posted at 7:43 PM, Feb 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-25 19:43:07-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR)--A simple watch like device that transmits a signal can help locate missing persons with Alzheimer's or autism, but in some cities and counties there can be a wait.

In Chesterfield County there are times when potential clients are placed on a waiting list. The county can only order four transmitters at a time, so the wait can last up to six weeks while the list is waiting to be filled.

Hanover County Sheriff's Office said that they have twice had to wait a week to get two different clients a transmitter, but that is no longer an issue.

Henrico County Sheriff's Office also said hey had a waiting list in the past, but they have also re-designed their ordering process, so that a waiting list won't happen.

Sgt. Tim Kehoe, with the Chesterfield County Police says the county doesn't always have a waiting list but that there are times that it has happened, including right now, where three people are on the list.

"In order to get the equipment, we have to go through our proper channels to both pay for the equipment and then to receive it, there are obvious channels we have to go through," Sgt. Kehoe said.

Once the transmitter bracelets arrive, they are given out in the order of those placed on the list.

Tammy Burns, an Advocate with Autism Society of Central Virginia is a firm believer in "Project Lifesaver" and accepts there are times there may be a wait, but believes a wait longer than 3 weeks is reason to be concerned.

Chesterfield County charges a one time $360 fee, with monthly battery changes at no cost.

Henrico County charges a one time $300 fee with monthly battery changes at $10 a month.

The Cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights and Hanover County offer the program at no cost.

Every city and county administers the program differently and all have certain criteria that have to be met, to take part in the program.

The transmitter bracelets are designed for adults with Alzheimer's or dementia and for children with autism.