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County of Madera


Operation Lost & Found

Tracking System designed to find Alzheimer’s patients who wander off.

  • Do you have a loved one who wanders or gets lost due to Alzheimer’s disease?
  • “OPERATION LOST & FOUND” provides a unique combination of Monitoring AND Locating capabilities, available to Madera County residents.

The Madera County Search & Rescue Team uses state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s and other related diseases.

“OPERATION LOST & FOUND” is 100% volunteer staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In Madera County alone it is estimated that as many as 1,360 could be or soon will be inflicted with the disease. If you have a loved one or know of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, call the Madera County Sheriff’s Department to learn more about Operation Lost & Found and how the program can help you. A member of the Sheriff’s Department will visit your home and will install a bracelet with a personalized transmitter.


A family member or caregiver will be required to complete personal data about the client along with a recent photo that will be filed with the Sheriff’s department. If the client cannot afford the cost of service the bracelets and monthly maintenance may be donated by the program. Should the client no longer need the bracelet, the Sheriff’s Department asks that the bracelet be returned to the program so that another client in need can join Operation Lost & Found.

How Operation Lost & Found Works

  • Every Client receives a personalized transmitter wristband.
  • The wristband emits a tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.
  • If a Client should turn up missing, the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team responds to the wanderer’s area and begins searching using the mobile locater tracking system.
  • Locating clients can be done simultaneously by ground and air.
  • Ground searches can pick up a signal up to a mile. Aerial searches can pickup signals from 5 miles away.
  • Each bracelet has a unique radio frequency that belongs exclusively to the individual client.
  • Volunteers with the Madera County Search & Rescue Team make monthly visits to the client’s home to inspect bracelets and install new batteries and talk with clients, family members and caregivers. 

County Mission/Vision Statements

Mission Statement

Madera County's Mission is to serve the public interest in a fiscally responsible manner by providing efficient, cost effective customer service, promoting public health and safety while creating new possibilities with partnerships through a diversified economy.

Vision Statement

Madera County is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, with integrity, and is committed to the highest quality of life for all.

Upcoming Events

Feb 19th, 8:00am -5:00pm

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311