Chief Cory Johnson
Oct. 1, 2018 – Deephaven, MN – Deephaven police officers will begin using Vitals™ this month as a way to improve interactions between patrol officers and people living with invisible and visible conditions and disabilities.
The Vitals™ app is a new technology designed to create safer interactions between first responders and people using the app. A first of its kind, the VitalsTM First Responder App, is a non-intrusive, real-time resource developed as a way to enhance policing, give families of vulnerable individuals more peace of mind and improve the quality of life for people living with various conditions and disabilities.
Vitals™ was launched in August of 2017 and has expanded to 26 public safety agencies. About 1,300 individuals and families have signed up for the service. Deephaven, a Hennepin County city that borders Lake Minnetonka and is located about 20 miles west of Minneapolis, becomes the 27th public safety agency to use VitalsTM. About 3,700 people live in Deephaven.
Police Chief Cory Johnson said he believes Vitals™ will be a valuable resource to his officers as well as a great asset to vulnerable individuals living in Deephaven. “Having access to information in real time can only help us do our jobs better,” Johnson said. “Our officers are excited to use the Vitals™ app. We believe it will help us better protect vulnerable residents.”
Janeé Harteau, president of Vitals™, commends Chief Johnson for embracing 21st century technology designed to enhance policing. “People living or visiting Deephaven will be safer because of this decision. The Vitals™ app gives law enforcement officers critical information they need even when people can’t speak for themselves,” Harteau said. “We know that our services will help save lives, give people and families more peace of mind and help first responders interact more effectively with vulnerable individuals.”
About Vitals™ Aware Services
Vitals™ works by equipping first responders with information voluntarily provided by Vitals™ enrollees. Law enforcement and other first responders download the Vitals™ First Responder app on their cellphones. The service allows a vulnerable person to register online, then wear a beacon that takes the form of a keychain, necklace, debit card or bracelet. An Android phone can also serve as the beacon. When a Vitals™ user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipped with the service, the officer will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them.
The Twin Cities-based tech company developed the app-based service in partnership with The Autism Society of Minnesota. The service was launched in August of 2017 in St. Paul. Vitals™ is also partnering with PACER Center, the Arc Minnesota, Wellness in the Woods and Hammer Residences to build awareness and promote the service to potential users and their families. To learn more about Vitals™, go to www.thevitalsapp.com.