Vitals is a new app-based service that will allow Branson Police Officers to better interact with residents or guests who have special conditions or disabilities that make them vulnerable at times. This program uses Bluetooth technology to alert police if they are in the vicinity of any Vitals enrollees. Officers will have instant access to important information like medical information or behavior triggers on their smart phones that will help them de-escalate or resolve a situation by providing a response catered to a person’s specific needs and vulnerabilities. This program is being funded by the local Viet Nam Veterans group, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 who realized the importance of a service like this that is effective for any special needs, including war heroes who may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
How it works
Police officers will download the Vitals™ First Responder App on their smartphones. The service allows anyone to register online, then wear a beacon that takes the form of a keychain, necklace, debit card or bracelet. When a Vitals user comes within 80-feet of a police officer equipped with the service, the officer will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them.
Here are a couple of real-life examples:
Why it is important
Branson, Missouri is home to approximately 12,000 residents served by a dedicated and progressive police department. With eight to nine million tourists each year, the Police Department is always looking for ways to work smarter, more efficiently and more inclusively. Besides Vitals, the Branson Police Department also offers Project Lifesaver, a program that offers free tracking bracelets to local families with “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The Branson Police Department wants every family who is living, visiting, or simply passing through to feel safe and know that if their loved one with a various condition or disability should ever be in an emergency or crisis, our first responders will have the latest technology to provide the best service possible.
The more people who sign up for it, the more effective it is
This new program is gaining popularity across the Country. More than 75 first responder agencies, school districts and care providers now use the Vitals program. In Branson, the first 40 families that sign up for the Vitals service will receive a free beacon device.