Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $145,633)
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is requesting priority funding (1A) in Category 2: Locative Technology to expand the OCSO Project Lifesaver (PLS) program. Documentation of OCSO’s plans to respond to priority consideration can be found on page 7 of the proposal narrative.
Project Lifesaver is essential to Osceola County. The growth Osceola County has experienced over the last 10 years is unprecedented. In many ways, Osceola has benefited from new infrastructure such as expanding roadways, neighborhoods, and public transportation. However, these changes can confuse individuals with cognitive impairments. When these individuals wander, they can easily become lost and are unable to navigate back to safety. The OCSO PLS program was established to find these people and ensure their safety before they encounter dangerous situations.
Since its inception in 2020 at OCSO, the Project Lifesaver program has been wildly successful. Currently, OCSO has 59 PLS members. The PLS program at OCSO is completely free-of-charge for Osceola County residents. In order to continue the program as a free resource the Project Lifesaver staff is requesting $145,632.50 from the FY 22 Kevin and Avonte Program grant.
With the additional funds the Project Lifesaver staff will expand community resources and disseminate information about the program by purchasing additional supplies and equipment for clients, as well as expanding our community reach through expanded advertising efforts. Supply and equipment needs are continuous in this program. However, the services provided are well worth the additional expenses.
By 2024, the goal is to have between 120-160 active PLS members. The demand for the Project Lifesaver program is apparent. The OCSO would like to be able to meet that demand without instituting any additional fees for those in need of service. The FY 22 Kevin and Avonte grant funding ensures the inclusivity and accessibility of this program.