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RNC partners with MedicAlert


October 10, 2019
By Staff
“We know that by working with community partners and service providers, we can strengthen our efforts to build safe and healthy communities,” said RNC Chief Joseph A. Boland, left. Photo: MedicAlert.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) announced it is partnering with MedicAlert Foundation Canada to better assist frontline officers with their interactions with vulnerable persons.

MedicAlert Connect Protect provides quick 24/7 access to a registered subscriber’s emergency profile. This service gives police first responders, through their dispatcher, critical intelligence including recent photo, physical descriptions, wandering history, behavior management strategies such as anxiety triggers and de-escalation techniques, as well as caregiver information.

This partnership between policing agencies and MedicAlert has proven effective in other Canadian communities in assisting individuals living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders, mental health related issues, and cognitive brain injuries.

Dispatchers in all three RNC regions (Northeast Avalon, Corner Brook and Labrador West) will have access to the national database of registered subscribers. Residents from these regions are encouraged to subscribe to MedicAlert by calling 1-866-696-0273.

“We know that by working with community partners and service providers, we can strengthen our efforts to build safe and healthy communities,” said RNC Chief Joseph A. Boland. “We are focused on forming relationships, which help us protect and care for vulnerable persons in our communities. This partnership gives us the opportunity to work with a not-for-profit organization to provide the best possible service to our community.”

Photo: MedicAlert

MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada and it is a provider of emergency medical information services. MedicAlert’s mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-quality health information at time of need, and has protected more than one million Canadians since 1961.