Annapolis Cares Project Lifesaver

Annapolis Cares Project Lifesaver is a two-pronged program, Annapolis Cares, an alert system, and Project Lifesaver, a locating system.

  1. Nicole Vaden

    Acting Lieutenant / Community Outreach

Annapolis Cares

The Annapolis Police Department recognizes that people with cognitive conditions or diseases may need a different approach from officers. For example, they may be sensitive to loud noises and respond to them in an emotional or physical way or they may have difficulty communicating verbally. Annapolis Cares involves providing the police department with information to alert officers that they or a family member may need a different approach from officers. Additionally, addresses in the city can be flagged and when an Annapolis police officer responds to that address they will be alerted that someone at that address is enrolled in the Annapolis Cares Project Lifesaver program.

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Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is for residents that, due to a medical condition or disease, may wander. The program utilizes FM band radio transmitters and a tracking system to assist in search and rescue operations. Residents and/or their caregivers can apply to join the program and, if they qualify, will be required to enter into a contract to participate. Officers will meet regularly with clients to maintain the equipment and update information. Distribution of equipment for the Project Lifesaver program will be on a first come, first served basis as there is a limited amount of equipment available for use. A waiting list will be created if needed.

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More Information About the Program

Any information gathered and stored for this program will be kept confidential and only be used for law enforcement purposes. Once someone joins the program they can leave at any time and their information will be completely removed. This program is just part of our commitment to provide our officers with ongoing education to provide the best possible service and make Annapolis a safer place. Our officers and some of our civilian employees are trained in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety and some have also received Crisis Intervention Training.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded the purchase of the Project Lifesaver equipment and training under subaward number CGPF-2018-0013. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any State or Federal agency. The implementation of Project Lifesaver at the Annapolis Police Department started with a suggestion from a city resident.

To Enroll or Obtain More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Annapolis Cares Project Lifesaver Program please contact Sergeant Nicole Vaden at 410-268-9000 ext. 5782 or

About Project Lifesaver International:

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides emergency responders and caregivers with the equipment and training required to protect and, when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive conditions that cause the propensity to wander, such as those with Alzheimer’s or autism. Through the use of state of the art radio frequency technology, innovative search and rescue techniques, and accredited first response training, Project Lifesaver member agencies have, to date, successfully located more than 3,600 special needs individuals during an episode of elopement; the average recovery times for these rescues are less than 30 minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations. Additional information about Project Lifesaver can be found at