In an effort to make the program available sooner, Project Lifesaver International arranged for four counties in Wisconsin to train collaboratively. Two officers from Pierce County and two from St. Croix County completed training in Adams County September 29th - October 1st. These four officers are now Search Specialists and Certified Trainers, and will be able to train additional personnel in their departments. The training also covered information about the next steps for getting the program established in their counties. The departments are now using Project Lifesaver International’s guidelines and program materials to develop program procedures for enrolling clients. They are also working on a timeline for training additional personnel, disseminating information to county agencies, schools, and the community, and for accepting applications and enrolling clients. The departments have set a goal of February 2009 for implementing the program, which will remain a partnership between the two departments in order to best meet the needs of the vulnerable individuals in our counties. Determining additional equipment needs is also being explored, which may be influenced by the number of clients who enroll, and if there is a “cluster” of clients in a particular area.
To download a press release from the Pierce and St. Croix Counties Sherrif's departments, please click here.