Former Minneapolis Police Chief named president of new Twin Cities-based tech company

Janeé Harteau believes the Vitals™ app will be a game changer in Minnesota and across the United States in improving interactions between law enforcement and the vulnerable

Minneapolis, MN – (Sept. 25, 2018) Former Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau has been named president of Vitals™ Aware Services, a new company creating technology for social good.

Harteau joined the company in October 2017 as the chief of public safety, primarily focusing on rolling out the Vitals™ app service to law enforcement agencies across Minnesota. She has also been responsible for creating best practices for police department on-boarding, trainings and policy development.

In her new role, Harteau will oversee the company’s national expansion while continuing to launch public safety agencies in Minnesota. This new role is effective immediately as Harteau has already begun connecting with police chiefs and sheriffs in several states.

Vitals’ CEO Steve Mase said he’s excited about the leadership transition. He sees Harteau as a natural fit to lead the company’s expansion into new markets. “Janeé has not only been a highly respected leader in the law enforcement world for many years, she has the ability to communicate effectively across sectors to bring people together to help build smarter and safer communities collectively,” Mase said.

“In the past year I’ve worked with Janeé, I’ve seen first-hand her passion for enhancing law enforcement and the empathy that she has for vulnerable individuals and families.”

Moving forward, Mase plans to serve as an advisor to Harteau. He will spend most of his time creating and developing new advanced features for the Vitals™ app. 

Harteau has dedicated her entire professional life to public service, serving both the law enforcement profession and the community at large. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue to serve both of those in new and innovative ways to build safer communities and help build trusting relationships between first responders and the people they protect,” she added.

After more than 30 years of service, Harteau retired from the Minneapolis Police Department in 2017 after serving as chief for almost five years. Under Harteau’s leadership, in 2015 MPD was selected by the Department of Justice to participate in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. And in 2017, she was named to Fortune Magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ for her inspiration in “acknowledging reality and offering hope, bringing followers physically together, and building bridges with others.” In August of 2017, she was named NAWLEE “Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year,” also known as the WoLEEY Award.

The Vitals™ First Responder app works by equipping first responders with information voluntarily provided by Vitals™ enrollees. Law enforcement and other first responders download the app on their cell phones. The service allows an individual or caregiver 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.

Vitals™ is providing its standard service free of charge individuals and families. Registration is required and takes about a minute. To sign up, text “vitals” to 797979, open the link and fill out the form. Registration can also be completed on the website – www.thevitalsapp.com.