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Vulnerable Person Registry

The Vulnerable Person Registry (VPR) is a voluntary service offered by the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) to individuals who live, work and/or attend school in the City of Lethbridge and who, due to a medical, mental health or physical condition, may exhibit patterns of behaviour that pose a potential danger to themselves or others.

The VPR may be submitted by the Vulnerable Person themselves, or a legal advocate/guardian, to provide the LPS with quick access to critical information, ensuring that the needs of the Vulnerable Person are appropriately addressed in any situation that requires police interaction.

The VPR provides critical information to the LPS that may be used during situations requiring police interactions.

If a registered Vulnerable Person is reported missing, information about their physical appearance, the most likely places they would go, as well as triggers, stimulants and de-escalation techniques can be utilized by police looking for the missing person.

If a registered Vulnerable Person is incapable of effectively communicating their name, the information on the VPR may allow the individual to be identified more quickly and help police connect with their emergency contact.

A Vulnerable Person is someone who, due to a medical, mental health or physical condition, may exhibit patterns of behaviour that pose a potential danger to themselves or others.

This could include an inclination to wander, the inability to communicate, fascinations or attractions (water, construction sites, etc.) and social responses (fear of strangers, aggression, etc.).

Examples of Vulnerable Persons may include persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Acquired Brain Injury, or a mental health condition that causes a person to exhibit the above behaviours.

The Vulnerable Person Registry is intended for individuals who live, work and/or attend school in the City of Lethbridge.  

If you do not live, work and/or attend school in Lethbridge, there is no benefit to registering. Other police jurisdictions will not have access to the LPS Vulnerable Person Registry. Please contact your local police agency to learn their procedures.

Registration Process

Fill out and submit the online Vulnerable Person Registry Form. Once submitted, a confirmation email will be sent with a temporary reference number. 

After the file has been reviewed, a second email will be sent to inform whether or not the the registration has been approved. If approved, a VPR Sticker and Identification Card with the permanent file number will be provided.

Individuals in the following circumstances have the legal authority to submit a Vulnerable Person to the VPR:

  • A Vulnerable Person who is over the age of 16 and is able to speak on their own behalf

  • The parent/guardian of a Vulnerable Person who is either (1) under the age of 16, or (2) over the age of 16, but unable to provide consent on their own behalf

  • An individual who is legally authorized to advocate/make decisions for a Vulnerable Person, as they are unable to provide consent on their own behalf

No. The VPR is a voluntary service that is provided free of charge. 

To function effectively, the VPR requires the collection of information that can identify the Vulnerable Person being registered, as well as any individual acting legally on their behalf submitting the form.

This information includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Contact information
  • Physical descriptors
  • Medical conditions
  • Methods of communication
  • Identification worn
  • Where most likely to wander
  • Favorite attractions/locations
  • Best methods of approach/de-escalation techniques
  • Explanations of what not to do/triggers
  • Recent photographs of the individual

It is the responsibility of the Vulnerable Person and/or their legal advocate/guardian to renew participation in the Vulnerable Person Registry on a yearly basis and to ensure that the information on file is current and valid.

An email reminder will be sent approximately 30 days before the annual renewal is required. If the the file is not re-submitted, all prior information will be removed from the VPR.

If required, changes to information can be made before the annual renewal by re-submitting the Vulnerable Person Registry Form with the updated information. 

Ensure that the VPR Permanent Case Number is referenced on the Vulnerable Person Registry Form when submitting the annual renewal or any interim changes to information. 

A VPR Identification Card and Sticker will be mailed to the form submitter for future reference. 

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Speaking with police officers in uniform can be a challenging, stressful experience. But often, when our officers encounter a vulnerable person, there are important things they need to know in order to ensure everyone's safety. 

The Vulnerable Person Identity Card helps alleviate communication challenges between vulnerable people and the officers they may encounter. It includes important details, such as emergency contact and medical information. 

In tandem with enlisting in the Vulnerable Person Registry, this tool helps give vulnerable people a voice when they need it most. 

Use of the Vulnerable Person Registry

Only LPS personnel who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to the information.

If necessary, this information could also be shared with other police agencies or agencies assisting the LPS in locating and/or interacting with the registered Vulnerable Person.

The Lethbridge Police Service can be reached on the non-emergency phone line at 403-328-4444

In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

No, you will not need to have your permanent case number.

It is helpful to let police know that the Vulnerable Person is on the VPR so that information can be quickly accessed and verified using the person's name or address.

Contact

For more information about Vulnerable Person Registry, email the XXXX Unit directly or call 403-327-2210.

Contact

Lethbridge Police Service
135 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0A1

Non-Emergency Phone: 403-328-4444
General Inquiries Phone: 403-327-2210
Email: General Inquiries
(not monitored 24/7)

Hours for public access:
Monday to Friday - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Closed weekends and statutory holidays

 

 

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