Local Law Enforcement announced that they will be using an app to create safer interactions between first responders and people living with disabilities or other conditions. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the New Ulm Police Department have started using the Vitals app which provides first responders with information about vulnerable individuals. People enrolled in the program voluntarily provide information on disabilities or conditions such as autism, dementia, or mental health issues. The registered person then wears a beacon as a keychain, necklace, debit card, bracelet or downloads the Vitals app. When a user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipped with the service, the officer or responder will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis. The public in invited to an information session on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the New Ulm Fire Department to learn more about the Vitals app.
They ask that you park in the back parking lot for this event and not in front of the firehouse.