About Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C)(3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and caregivers with a program designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locatte individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The organization was founded in 1999 in Chesapeake, VA. 

CIRT Interaction

Deputy Fred Lerma and clinician partnerMichael Hawkins talk with a citizen with behavioral health problems.

2019 Activity


Calls For Service

CIRT responded to 4430 calls for service



CIRT conducted 1209 evaluations/assessments on individuals


Jail Diversions

CIRT diverted 242 individuals from jail into mental health treatment