Abbotsford Police Department and MedicAlert Foundation Canada announce partnership

The Abbotsford Police Department and MedicAlert Foundation Canada, have established a new partnership to ensure those with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury, who go missing, can be helped by first responders and brought safely home sooner.

MedicAlert Connect Protect gives police officers 24-hour quick 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.

“We are excited to partner with the MedicAlert Connect Protect initiative,” says Chief Constable Bob Rich.  “Helping people with these medical conditions when they are lost and confused is a priority for us.  Finding someone who is lost and unable to tell you who they are or where they are from may be a challenge for us, but is a crisis for that person and their family.  This resource helps us find someone who needs to be found and gets that person back to where they are safe.”

“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. “As we continue to form more partnerships with police departments in British Columbia, the MedicAlert Connect Protect service will safeguard Abbotsford residents through the valuable MedicAlert protection. In an emergency situation, the Abbotsford Police will have quick access to vital information that will save valuable time and unnecessary worry from family members and caregivers.”

Thanks to the Abbotsford Police Department and MedicAlert Foundation Canada, the first 100 new MedicAlert subscribers at each of these two locations on each day will get their first year service plan and a MedicAlert ID ($39 value) at no cost.

March 8, 2017                                                March 9th and 10th, 2017

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (City Hall)             Seven Oaks Malls (near the front of The Bay)

32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford                         32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm                                         10:00 am – 9:00 pm

For more information on MedicAlert Connect Protect service and special offers for Abbotsford residents, visit medicalert.ca/connectprotect.

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. For over 55 years, MedicAlert 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, visit medicalert.ca or by calling 1.855.581.3796.

Abbotsford Police release video about relationship violence

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) hopes the release of a new video will get young people talking about relationship violence.

The production, called Reveal’ution, premiered Tuesday morning during a special showing at W. J. Mouat Secondary, whose students acted in the video.

The 15-minute film depicts a high school girl involved in a relationship with a boy, whose controlling and abusive behaviour frightens and traumatizes her.

It also shows their friends and how they react to the situation by speaking up and becoming involved.

Abbotsford Police Det. Tonya Dupuis, who works in the domestic violence unit (DVU), said the idea for the production began about a year ago.

“This is a hard topic … It’s heavy and there’s not a good way to do it … but we realized we’re not talking about this enough,” she said.

Dupuis said it’s important for young people to know and understand what a healthy relationship looks like and what should and shouldn’t be tolerated.

She said she hopes the film becomes a starting point for easier discussions on the topic.

“We want your generation to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough, and we don’t tolerate relationship violence of any kind,’ ” Dupuis told the audience attending the screening.

She encouraged anyone facing such issues, or who knows someone who is, to reach out to someone they trust, whether it’s a parent, a counsellor, a police officer or otherwise.

“If we stand by and do nothing, they I think we have a problem.”

Police Chief Bob Rich said it’s estimated that one in four women will be victims of some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.

“The police investigate every night another instance of domestic violence, but that represents just a small percentage of what is really happening,” he said in reference to the number of unreported incidents.

Rich said addressing relationship violence is similar to the tactic the APD has taken with its ongoing presentations about gang involvement – trying to get to kids before it happens to them.

He said the DVU regularly holds “respectful relationship” presentations with Grade 10 to 12 students, and the new video will now be included in those discussions.

“It’s our shot at it, rather than doing nothing,” Rich said.

Reveal’ution was created and produced by FireCanvas Productions.

The video can be viewed on the APD’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/abbypd. Limited DVD copies are also available through the Abbotsford Police Department.

by  Vikki Hopes – Abbotsford News