Sioux City First Responders Introduce New Window Clings for Those With Special Needs

Aug 2, 2019

Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller and Sioux City Police Officer Donette Sassman, who recommended the window cling program

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Siouxland first responders have a new way to identify those with special needs.  Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller announced The Special Response Static Sticker Program this morning. 

This notifies first responders that when they view one of these stickers when they are approaching a vehicle or a house, that they may be dealing with someone in the community that has these challenges. An individual with autism or special needs, an individual that is deaf, an individual that is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, or an individual who is diabetic.

Mueller says anyone can get one or more of the four window clings for their home or their vehicle at the Sioux City Law Enforcement Center, 

Opportunities Unlimited, Siouxland District Health, the Disability Resource Center and other local agencies.  

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation is helping out those who support requiring South Dakota schools to display the "In God We Trust" motto. The group, whose members include lawmakers in Congress and statehouses across the county, also would help defend the state if the law is challenged, 

The foundation has been working to pass such laws in all 50 states. Critics say the law confuses patriotism with piety.

South Dakota's law took effect last month and requires all public schools in the state's 149 districts to paint, stencil or otherwise prominently display the national motto. 

Displays must be at least 12-by-12 inches and must be approved by the school's principal, according to the law.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, which has legally challenged the motto's inclusion on U.S. currency, opposed South Dakota's bill.