A Word from Chief Saunders
Again, the actions of others have led to a number of questions being submitted to Project Lifesaver. I refer to other organizations and their attempts to spread their presence.
First, we do not lease or mail order transmitters to caregivers. Our program is base with local organizations that control the placement and maintenance of them. They are placed on a face to face basis so the client is known by the agency. This also allows control on making sure the person receiving the transmitter actually qualifies for it. We support the member agencies, who use the tried and true procedures developed by Project Lifesaver. We do not place transmitters in areas served and established by another organization to further our presence and profit. This practice places the member agency in a quandary, for they don’t want to refuse to assist the client but, they have limited or no control over the transmitter, it’s frequency, or the number of persons signed up, which can effect the manpower devoted to the program.
While I firmly believe the more we can do to assist the persons needing this service, the better, I do not believe in undermining another program or taxing an agency with little or no voice in the program. This practice causes confusion to the people needing the service, as well as, possible unnecessary expense and contractual obligation to them.
Project Lifesaver International