Roseville, MN – The Roseville Police Department is the second police department in the state to announce a new partnership with Vitals – a cutting edge resource created to help law enforcement officers and first responders save lives. The St. Paul Police Department announced its partnership with Vitals at a press conference earlier this month.
Vitals is a new technology, a platform with two apps, designed to create safer interactions between law enforcement and people with behavioral, mental health and developmental disorders. A first of its kind, the Vitals 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 “invisible” disabilities.
“As a police department, we are always looking for innovative ways to provide better customer service for our community. Technology is a great way to enhance what we are already doing, and Vitals is part of the next generation of police tools with the potential to improve our service by providing important information to our officers in real time,” said police chief Rick Mathwig.
As Roseville Police began to use the Vitals technology, they found that using the app provided a new way of finding a common language among the diverse communities they serve. “With over 65 different primary languages spoken in Roseville, we are hopeful that Vitals will bridge some of the language gaps and information gaps that officers may face in critical moments,” Mathwig added.
Dawn Brasch, the Autism Society of Minnesota’s senior director of operations, understands the need for improved communication between vulnerable individuals and law enforcement professionals.
“I know how my son responds in stressful situations, but someone who doesn’t know him or know about autism likely will not understand his reactions,” Brasch said. “The Vitals App is designed to give me peace of mind and my son greater independence in the community as the app provides immediate instruction for police officers to know how to interact with my son if the situation requires intervention.”
The Vitals first responder app hosts critical information about an individual who is living with an invisible disability. Police officers have the capability to view a Vitals user profile before an in-person interaction alerting them ahead of time if that individual is unable to verbalize their condition.
The Roseville Police Department is in the process of training its 48 officers on how and when to use the app. Other metro and Greater Minnesota police departments are planning to implement Vitals in the coming weeks as usage of the new app is expected to spread quickly across the region and country over the next several months.
Vitals was developed by local entrepreneurs, technologists and investors who were motivated to “give back” after learning about how vulnerable populations are at risk in their communities. In partnership with The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), Vitals enhanced its service and launched on August 31.
How does it work?
- Vitals Profile: Families or caregivers create and manage a Vitals profile that contains information about conditions, medications, triggers, de-escalation techniques, videos or images they respond to, medical information and caregiver contact information.
- Vitals Beacon: Profiles are assigned to a Vitals beacon which is carried with the vulnerable person via a Vitals card, button or phone.
- Vitals First Responder App: Authorized first responders receive an alert and access to any Vitals Profile when they are within 30 to 80 feet of a Vitals beacon.
Getting Started For individuals, families and caregivers:
- Buy a Vitals beacon
- Download the app
- Create your app profile