Sheriff’s office awarded Elks grants

Staff Reports

MIAMI COUNTY — Sheriff Charles Cox has announced the acceptance of two grants from the Troy Elks.

The first grant is in the amount of $600. The Troy Elks this past spring applied for the grant on behalf of the sheriff’s office to assist with maintaining the funding of Project Lifesaver.

Project Lifesaver is a county-wide program in which persons suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other conditions in which there is a likelihood to wander are eligible to enroll. The project lifesaver client wears an armband with a transmitter, which allows trained deputies and Piqua police officers to locate them should they wander from their residence.

The program has been funded since its inception in 2004 from private donations throughout Miami County. This has enabled Project Lifesaver clients and their families to incur no expenses for participating in the program. The donation from the Troy Elks will enable the purchase of two additional transmitters and enough batteries and armbands to last one full year.

“We are truly blessed in Miami County to have the support we do from service organizations like the Troy Elks,” Cox said. “This marks the third time in three years the Troy Elks have secured a grant for Miami County Project Lifesaver.”

For more information on Project Lifesaver, visit the Miami County Sheriff’s Office website at

The second grant from the Troy Elks that fully funded a ballistic vest for the sheriff’s office’s new canine, Bear.

It is vitally important for law enforcement canines to have access to ballistic protection while performing building and suspect searches along with high risk search warrants, according to a release from Cox. Canine Bear was individually fitted for the ballistic vest to ensure as much comfort as possible. The ballistic vest is labeled “SHERIFF” on both side panels, which readily identifies canine Bear as a law enforcement canine. The ballistic vest will offer Bear the same level of ballistic protection as law enforcement officers receive from their ballistic vests.

Additionally, the sheriff’s office received several thousand copies of Elks drug awareness literature and several hundred drug awareness products that will be distributed by school resource officers teaching drug abuse prevention. The literature and products will also be distributed at various special events throughout the county to include the Sheriff’s Office Summer Youth Camp.

“The Miami County Sheriff’s Office cannot thank the Troy Elks enough for all of their past and current support in partnering with us to make Miami County a safer place to reside,” C0x said.