February 12, 2019 – St Cloud, MN – The St Cloud Police Department has begun using the Vitals™ App to assist officers during 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.
“We live in a diverse community where we embrace the differences among us; it’s what makes us such a strong and thriving city. Vitals™ is a new tool which will allow us to work smarter and better leverage city-wide efforts to keep individuals safer in our community. Our goal is to help people in need by connecting them with the right resources at the right times,” St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson explained.
Vitals™ President Janeé Harteau, a former major-city police chief, is pleased to help bring this resource to St. Cloud. “It is impressive to see how so many different people, from different agencies, groups and professions, came together to produce a plan to grow the overall safety of the city and help vulnerable populations,” she said.
The Arc Minnesota – Midstate Region, one of the strongest advocates for promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, endorses Vitals™ and its partnership with St. Cloud first responders.
“Our focus is on supporting individuals and helping their families obtain a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities,” said Cindy Owen, Arc MN – Midstate Regional Director. “Supporting Vitals ™ is simply the right thing to do. This service directly impacts people with disabilities. It improves their quality of life, keeps them safe and supports their desire to live independent lives.”
Vitals™ Aware Services was launched in August of 2017. More than 30 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. For more information on how the City of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Police Department will benefit from the technological launch, contact Police Commander James Steve at 320-345-4401.
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.