BDPD To Bring Project LifeSaver To Beaver Dam

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department says they will soon begin a program that locates missing persons. For the past several months the department has been fundraising to bring the nationwide, non-profit Project Lifesaver program to the city. Project LifeSaver works with local search and rescue units to monitor individuals with a tendency to wander, perhaps due to cognitive conditions such as autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome. A wristwatch-sized device with a small FM radio transmitter is attached to a wrist or ankle. The transmitter emits a radio signal which is trackable using a receiver operated by law enforcement or other first responders. Sergeant Erik Smedema says they have raised over $7,000 towards their $10,000 dollar goal. He says the intent is to also establish a reserve fund to help ease the financial burden for those who need help paying the costs for the regular replacement of batteries and disposable wristbands as well as monthly fees. Organizers say having Beaver Dam police officers equipped and trained in the program would benefit everyone in the area and save time in locating those who have wandering off. Those interested in donating can visit their GoFundMe page: