The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is offering another level of peace of mind to those that care for individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s, or dementia. The BCSO already offers the Project Lifesaver Program where caregivers can maintain a special bracelet on the individual in their care that emits a radio signal. Should the individual wander off and get lost, this radio signal can be used by the BCSO to quickly locate the missing person. The BCSO provides and installs special batteries each month to keep the bracelets functioning. 

Sheriff Tommy Ford is now providing an additional method to keep track of children and the elderly should they wander and get lost. The Scent Evidence Preservation Kit captures and strongly preserves the scent of the person in an airtight container which is then kept in a safe place within the home.


Should the person go missing, the preserved, concentrated scent can be used to direct a trained K9 to most efficiently track the missing person. Anyone caring for individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s, and dementia can call the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700 and ask for a Scent Evidence Preservation Kit. A deputy will come to the home, correctly capture the scent of the individual under care, and document where the container will be stored in the home. That way, it can be found when needed, when minutes can make all the difference in the safety of a loved one.

Call the B.C.S.O. at 747-4700 and ask for a Scent Evidence Preservation Kit today.

Rev 06/01/2023