|The Plymouth Police Department will hold two community meetings to highlight the Vitals app and answer questions. The Plymouth community is invited to attend one of the two identical sessions. Register online.|
|Vitals Meeting 1:
4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10
15700 36th Ave. N.
|Vitals Meeting 2:
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Ave. N.
The Plymouth Police Department uses Vitals Aware Services to improve interactions between law enforcement and people living with visible and invisible conditions, such as a mental illness or disability.
The Vitals app provides police officers and first responders with real-time, critical information about vulnerable individuals, including diagnoses, personalized de-escalation techniques, behavior triggers and more.
How it Works
A voluntary, opt-in program, individuals or caregivers register for Vitals online and supply relevant information.
Once a digital profile has been created for a person, he or she wears a beacon – which can be a keychain, necklace, wallet-sized card, bracelet or an Android phone.
Police officers download the Vitals app onto their smartphones, so when a beacon comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipped with the service, the officer receives a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how to best interact with him or her.
Some people are unable to communicate clearly at times due to invisible conditions, such as dementia, post-traumatic stress, autism, diabetes or seizure disorders. The Vitals app can help provide police officers and first responders with a context for behavior to help improve interactions.
Vitals developed the app-based service in partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota and partners with PACER Center and The Arc Minnesota to raise awareness and promote use of the app.
Sign Up, More Information
To create a Vitals profile or for more information, visit thevitalsapp.com.