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  • Vitals App launches with St. Paul Police Department

Vitals App launches with St. Paul Police Department

VITALSbeaconWEBVitals, a new technology service with two apps, is 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 service 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.

The St. Paul Police Department is the first to partner with Vitals and is in the process of training its 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.

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), a founding partner in the development of Vitals, believes Vitals will help law enforcement interact with the autistic community in a way that is safer for individuals and families.

“As a mother of an autistic child, it’s very stressful thinking about how police officers would interact with my son during an incident, if they would not have the information about him immediately at their disposal” says Dawn Brasch, mother of an autistic child and director for the AuSM.

“I applaud the leadership of the St. Paul Police department. By taking the initiative and implementing Vitals, they see the need and potential to save lives and stand up for the mental health community.”

When St. Paul Police leadership learned about Vitals, they knew the app aligned perfectly with their vision of supporting officers’ interaction with vulnerable individuals more effectively. “We are excited about this new partnership with Vitals,” says police chief Todd Axtell.

“We embrace using technology to help save lives and protect our residents and communities. The nature of our business is to make quick decisions with limited information. Vitals will provide more information to our officers about a vulnerable child, teenager or adult. We believe Vitals will help us make better informed decisions when responding to incidents.”

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