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Project Lifesaver

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About Project Lifesaver

The York Regional Police Project Lifesaver program combines radio technology with a co-ordinated police response to locate wandering and disoriented loved ones due to Alzheimer's, autism or other conditions or disorders.

How does Project Lifesaver work?

Project Lifesaver participants wear a wristband that emits a tracking signal. The wristband is a one-ounce, battery-operated transmitter that emits an FM radio signal every second, 24 hours a day. These products are supplied directly by Project Lifesaver International.

When caregivers notify York Regional Police their loved one is missing, a Search and Rescue team responds to the area where the person was last seen and utilizes a specialized mobile-location tracking system.

Who is eligible for Project Lifesaver?

In order to be eligible for the program, the participant must:

  • Be living with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, or another condition that may place them at risk of wandering
  • Be monitored by a caregiver
  • Reside with a caregiver or in the non-secure section of a facility
  • Reside in York Region
  • Not be involved in unescorted activities that would increase the risk of wandering
  • Not operate a motor vehicle

Apply today

Please contact Community Services at to apply today.

Our partners

Project Lifesaver can only succeed with strong community partnerships. York Regional Police is proud to partner with:

Project Lifesaver is also supported by York Regional Police volunteers. Their continuous commitment and support to the participants and their families contributes greatly to its success.


Contact us

For more information or to register for Project Lifesaver, contact:

Community Engagement and Wellbeing
1-866-876-5423 ext. 6668   

For information on the history of Project Lifesaver, frequently asked questions or to learn about the new Protect and Locate (PAL) program, visit the Project Lifesaver website.