May 20, 2019 – Waite Park, MN – Approximately 20 police officers in Waite Park 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.
Chief of Police David Bentrud said Waite Park police officers are excited to begin using the new technology. “It’s great to have another resource that our officers can use to help keep people safe. When we learned about Vitals™, we immediately saw its potential,” Bentrud said. “We know that some of our residents have disabilities and various conditions. The Vitals™ App should enhance our efforts to effectively serve them.”
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 Waite Park.
“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 Waite Park 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, a Twin Cities-based tech company, was launched in August of 2017. Approximately 60 public safety agencies and communities are currently using the service.
For more details about the Vitals™ App and the company’s mission, please contact Stan Alleyne at 612-704-6621 or go to www.thevitalsapp.com.
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.