Three new stickers are available to alert police, fire, and emergency medical services of individuals with special needs that may need to be considered, according to an August 6, 2021, press release from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
The stickers are available to all Hennepin county residents.
The stickers can be affixed to doors and windows of a home, or vehicle windows.
Three separate stickers are available: An Occupant May Be Autistic or Special Needs, An Occupant May Have Dementia or Alzheimer’s, An Occupant May Be Deaf or Hearing Impaired.
“These stickers are a simple but effective way to ensure that Hennepin County residents with special needs get the level of care they deserve when attended to by first responders,” said Sheriff David Hutchinson in the press release.
‘First responders typically arrive during moments of high stress, and these stickers provide quick and critical information, which goes a long way in such scenarios. With awareness of special circumstances, our first responders can better react to the situation, which results in better outcomes for everyone.’ – Sheriff David Hutchinson
Hennepin county residents can contact the HCSO Community Outreach division at 612-543-0821 or email@example.com.
Stickers will also be available during the Minnesota State Fair at the HCSO booth at the intersection of Dan Patch and Cooper Street, in front of the Merchandise Mart, according to the press release.
Update August 18, 2021: The HCSO has added a fourth sticker. Read the full story here.