Community Outreach

Community outreach is one of the top priorities of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Informing the citizens of Putnam County in order to make neighborhoods safer and reducing crime as the county evolves is the reason we provide community outreach.

The Department actively participates in several neighborhood watch programs in communities throughout Putnam County. If you are interested in having Sheriff Deweese speak to your community about ways to proactively fight crime, contact my main office at (304) 586-0256.

PRO Officers are often asked to speak to children at local schools and day care centers to inform them of the duties of an officer. It is a great opportunity for children to become more familiar and comfortable around an officer, and they can learn about what an officer does.

The Department also provides fingerprinting services free to children at local events such as school carnivals, and community/safety events in the area. An officer will officially fingerprint children and provide the cards back to the parents to keep in a safe place. We also provide information and instructions to citizens about proper placement of car seats for all ages of children.

The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones.

You should know that when you look at other products or so called programs, Project Lifesaver is the one they are trying to copy.

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for Project Lifesaver International clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations

If any of the above community outreaches interest you please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (304)586-0256.

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