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Cobourg Police Service Partners With MedicAlert To Support Vulnerable Persons

COBOURG, ON (November 12, 2019)  – Cobourg Police Service is partnering with MedicAlert Foundation Canada to better assist 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.

The Town of Cobourg is a very diverse community with a strong need for the MedicAlert Connect Protect program.  Cobourg has a healthy population of aging citizen as well as many public members that could require this great service one day.
Currently the Cobourg Police Service has a vulnerable persons registry that just does not meet the needs of the community any longer and this has be recognized. The Cobourg Police are thrilled that they will be able to better assist members of the community at the time of a serious event with this new powerful MedicAlert registry.
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. 
Cobourg Police Service and MedicAlert will be introducing this partnership by holding community focused information and registration sessions at 107 King St West in Cobourg Ontario on Tuesday November 12, 2019 for the launch of the MedicAlert Connect Protect service.
Times and schedule

Tuesday November 12, 2019 Media launch from 11:00am to 11:45am. This will be followed by a registration period from 11:45am to 7:00pm.  Members of the public are urged to attend the Cobourg Police station to register and find out more. 
Please also note that financial assistance is available for those who qualify and during this registration period MedicAlert will be offering great specials on this date.
Dispatchers for the Cobourg Police Service will have access to the national database of registered subscribers. Residents from this region are encouraged to subscribe to the MedicAlert service.

Cobourg Police Chief Paul VandeGraaf says “Access to quick and accurate information is crucial for us to help keep members of our community safe. Partnerships such as this are key in assisting the Police to better understand some of our most vulnerable citizen in their time of need. This new partnership with MedicAlert is another great tool in our toolbox to help Police resolve emergent situation quickly, respectfully and safely”.
“MedicAlert’s identification services and electronic health information database is a vital link between first responders and the community when faster, informed action makes all the difference. We are pleased to partner with the Cobourg Police Service and honoured to assist police services across the country in their emergency response work.” - CEO of MedicAlert Foundation Canada, Françoise Faverjon-Fortin

MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada and it is the leading 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.
MedicAlert® is backed by robust electronic health records maintained by medically trained professionals, a database directly accessible at anytime by authorized first responders, and a 24/7 Emergency Hotline with interpretation services in 140 languages, all linked to customized identification products engraved with medical conditions and special needs. Globally recognized and respected, MedicAlert speaks for you, when you can’t.

For more information on the MedicAlert Connect Protect service, visit medicalert.ca/connectprotect or call 1-866-696-0273.
Or visit the Cobourg Police website to access a hyperlink that will directly take you to the MedicAlert site   https://www.cobourgpolice.com
Cobourg Police Service
Constable Jamie Baggaley #258
107 King St West, Cobourg, ON  K9A 2M4
Email. jamie.baggaley@cobourgpolice.com
(905)372-6821 ext. #7258
Stefanie Reinoso -Tan
Manager, Partnerships and External Training
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
(416) 696-0142 ext. #1109