Release written by Dasia Dupree, Media Relations Intern
“We Serve” is the motto of the La Plata Lions Club, which is a nonprofit organization located in Charles County, Maryland. On Thursday, June 20, the La Plata Lions Club served their community by donating $2,000 to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s Project Lifesaver Program. Master Corporal Rhett Calloway and Lieutenant Bill Edge attended the event to celebrate and receive the donation.
Project Lifesaver is a program designed for the families of children and adults with autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s or related conditions. Often, people with these conditions have a tendency to wander away or go missing. With the help of the Project Lifesaver tracking system, officers can often find missing people much faster. Project Lifesaver gives participants a wristband which has a tracking device installed. If a participant is reported missing, a team of specially trained officers will use the tracking device to search for the missing person. The tracking device picks up on signals and lets an officer know if they are close to the missing person.
Since being established in 1958, the La Plata Lions Club has continuously served the community’s needs. The Club has devoted the majority of their service efforts to three general areas of activities: youth, community service and health. They also provide a variety of services for the visually impaired, those who have diabetes and those who suffer from hearing loss.
“We are very grateful and pleased to receive this generous donation from the La Plata Lions Club. The work that the members do in the community does not go unnoticed,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “They’re constantly giving back and we appreciate having them as a partner to enhance the needs of our community members.”
The Greater Waldorf Jaycees funded the establishment of Project Lifesaver with a $12,000 donation that covered training, certification of officers, and equipment. Anyone with questions about this program may contact the Community Services Section at 301-932-3080,
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com.