"Search and Rescue"
County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Division
a Virginia State Certified unit that provides on-call teams of personnel trained
to assist or lead local and state search and rescue missions.
Aerial Search for missing person Exercise.
use horses, all terrain vehicles, canines and ground field teams to
search for missing persons. The Search and Rescue Division also provides
Project Lifesaver as a service to our community. Project Lifesaver is a
state-of-the-art technology used to locate lost or wandering persons
suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other related disorders.
Approximately 70% of all people with Alzheimer's will at some point
wander or become lost. Research
indicates that 57% of those who wander or become lost are not returned
Clients who are part of the Project
Lifesaver program wear a personalized bracelet that emits a tracking
signal. When caregivers notify the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office
that the person is missing, the search and rescue team responds to the
wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system.
Search times can be reduced from hours and days to minutes. Project
Lifesaver recovery times will average less than 30 minutes. If you know
someone who would benefit from enrolling in Project Lifesaver, please
contact us for
In 2006, the Search and Rescue Division successfully searched for and saved
three lives. Also in 2006, Search and Rescue members searched for and located a
suspect sought by the police department. The Search and Rescue Division is
composed of deputies and civilian volunteers. They are first responders that are
called in to conduct search and rescue missions in both urban and rural areas.
What does it take? How do I get involved?
Patrol members are volunteers.
Members must be 18 years of age or older and have no felony convictions.
There are no special skills or equipment needed to apply. However, all
Members must complete training program requirements.
Search and Rescue members provide their own horses and ATVs.
A background investigation is required on all prospective members.
The standards and administration of the background investigation will be
at the discretion of the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office. Successful
completion of a background check is required for administration as a member.
If you are interested in joining Search and Rescue as a volunteer, please
the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office through the“Contact
Us”Section of this website.
or PRESS HERE
Join us on:
Tim Payne Search and Rescue Incident Commander
Years of Volunteer Service Deputy Sheriff Reserve Division; Certified
Courtroom and Civil Process Officer; Member of Piedmont Search and
Rescue-Field Team Leader, Tracker, Search and Rescue Instructor; Project
Life Saver Instructor-Assistant Project Manager
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