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MCSO launches ‘Respond with Care’ program to help special needs citizens

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program that will help serve as a communication link between local special needs citizens and first responders.

According to MCSO, the goal of the “Respond with Care” program is to alert first responders when someone with special needs is inside a vehicle.

Here is how the program works: Anyone who routinely or occasionally has a special needs passenger in their vehicle can simply place a “Respond with Care” sticker on their vehicle’s window.

MCSO Respond with Care program hand placing sticker on vehicle
A “Respond with Care” sticker being placed on a vehicle’s window (Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

In the event of an emergency, first responders will see this sticker and recognize that special care may need to be considered as the emergency is addressed.

“Our priority has always been the safety of our citizens by providing a high quality of life through professional interactions,” stated MCSO Lieutenant Paul Bloom in a social media post.

The “Respond with Care” stickers are available for pickup at all MCSO district office locations.

MCSO Respond with Care program stickers available at MCSO district offices
Marion County citizens can pick up a “Respond with Care” sticker at all MCSO district office locations (Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

For more information, visit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office website or Facebook page.