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The purpose of this question is to alert and protect our first responders if the person has access to weapons that could be used against the police officer, firefighter, or paramedic. The Vulnerable Population Registry is not about taking away guns, infringing on Second Amendment rights, prohibiting a concealed weapons license, or tracking whereabouts. There is and never has been any intent to track or remove weapons from anyone’s home. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office will never regulate or interfere with a citizen’s Second Amendment rights. If you are uncomfortable answering this question you may choose not to provide this information.
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The registry provides first responders with access to essential information as they respond to calls for service involving people who may have a condition that would prevent them from being able to communicate to first responders who they are or where they live. Examples include people who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a traumatic brain injury, or any documented condition that can result in communication issues.
The registry gives us tools to assist vulnerable individuals, which may include knowing where to look for them, which words may escalate or deescalate the situation, contacting a family member or caregiver, and returning them home safely. This program was created with good intentions to help our community and serve those who are at risk. The safety of everyone in our community matters, including our vulnerable population.
Only family members can add someone, however, caregivers, physicians, and people with legal guardianship can apply for special permission. Additional verification documentation may be required.
The Vulnerable Population Registry is completely voluntary. It is offered as a service to those that may need it.
Yes. Just contact us and we will remove the data. we can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (208)788-5555.
All entries are reviewed and approved by the Chief Deputy. If we receive a registration with any doubt to its legitimacy, we will not enter it into our CAD system.
All information provided is confidential. Information will only be shared with 911 operators and Blaine County first responder agencies and only when contact is made with the registered individual. This could include police, fire, and paramedics for the appropriate jurisdiction.
We encourage anyone with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions to contact us to speak with Sheriff Harkins directly. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208)788-5555.