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MedicAlert Connect Protect service will help WPS officers reunite lost or wandering individuals with their families

Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 1, 2018 – A partnership between the Winnipeg Police Service and MedicAlert Foundation Canada will help officers quickly reunite lost or missing individuals living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury with their family or caregivers.

The Winnipeg Police Service is proud to partner with MedicAlert Foundation Canada to bring the MedicAlert Connect Protect service to the Winnipeg community. This partnership will help officers quickly reunite lost or missing individuals living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury with their family or caregivers.

MedicAlert Connect Protect gives police officers 24-hour access to a registered subscriber’s photo, identity, past wandering history, and other vital emergency information through their MedicAlert medical IDs.

This information will help officers search more efficiently, increasing the chances that those who go missing are reunited with their loved ones sooner. Officers called to an emergency involving a MedicAlert subscriber will also have access to vital information which may be necessary to save a life.  

“It’s critical that we’re able to find and recognize wandering or unidentified people as quickly and efficiently as possible, both to protect our subscribers and also to save police resources,” explains Robert Ridge, President and CEO of MedicAlert.”

“The first of its kind in Manitoba, MedicAlert Connect Protect will safeguard Winnipeg-area MedicAlert subscribers through the valuable MedicAlert protection. In an emergency situation, Winnipeg Police Service officers will have access to vital information that will save valuable time and unnecessary worry from family members and caregivers.”

The Winnipeg Police Service welcomes the partnership with MedicAlert Foundation Canada. "Partnerships like this support our Service's priorities when it comes to the protection of vulnerable persons," said Chief Danny Smyth.

MedicAlert will be holding three registration sessions in Winnipeg following the launch of MedicAlert Connect Protect. Thanks to the Winnipeg Search and Rescue Volunteer Association and MedicAlert Foundation Canada, the first 50 new MedicAlert subscribers will get their first-year service plan and a MedicAlert ID at no cost.
 
Date Location Time
Thursday, March 1st Polo Park Shopping Centre
1485 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg,
Manitoba R3G 0W4
10am – 9pm (CST)
Friday, March 2nd St Vital Shopping Centre
86-1225 St Mary’s Rd,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2M 5E5
10am – 9pm (CST)
Saturday, March 3rd Kildonan Place Shopping Centre
1555 Regent Avenue West,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2C 4J2
9:30am - 6pm (CST)
  For more information on the MedicAlert Connect Protect service, visit medicalert.ca/Winnipeg.


About MedicAlert Foundation Canada
 
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 state-of-the-art secure database, and a 24/7 Emergency Hotline that answers calls from emergency responder personnel in 140 languages within an average of 5 seconds, all linked to customized identification products for Canadians with medical conditions and special needs. Universally recognized and respected, MedicAlert speaks for you, when you can’t™.
 
Learn more about MedicAlert, how it works, and how you or a loved one can sign up to a service plan by visiting medicalert.ca or calling 1.855.581.3798.
 
Media Contacts:

MedicAlert Foundation Canada:
Jonathan Lithwick
Manager, Marketing, Partnerships
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
416-696-0142 ext 1139
jlithwick@medicalert.ca

Winnipeg Police Service:
Kelly Dehn
Manager of Public Affairs
Winnipeg Police Service
204-986-3061    
WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca