March 28, 2019 – Rogers, MN – About 20 police officers in Rogers will begin using the Vitals™ App in the coming weeks to create safer interactions between first responders and people living with invisible and visible conditions and disabilities.
The Vitals™ App provides first responders with crucial information about vulnerable individuals, increasing the effectiveness of situational response and vastly expanding the potential for successful and safe resolutions. Vitals™ enrollees or their family members voluntarily provide the individualized information in this cutting-edge program revolving around technological innovation.
Interim Chief of Police Jason Foster said Rogers police officers are excited to use the Vitals™ App. “When we learned about Vitals™, we immediately saw it as a great resource that helps fill the information gap in real time,” Foster said. “This service gives our officers another tool to use as they interact with vulnerable people in our community.”
Janeé Harteau, president of Vitals™Aware Services, said the company is ready to work with police, community leaders and advocacy partners to launch the service in Rogers.
“We believe that our services are helping save lives, giving people and families more peace of mind and assisting first responders interact more effectively with vulnerable individuals,” Harteau said. “Residents and visitors of Rogers will be safer because of this decision. This gives law enforcement officers a great tool to use when people can’t speak for themselves.”
Vitals™ Aware Services was launched in August of 2017. Approximately 60 first responding agencies and communities, most located in the State of Minnesota, are currently using the community-based service.
For more details on the Vitals™ App and the company’s mission, please contact Stan Alleyne at 612-704-6621.
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, Minnesota Independence Community and College 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.