Jan 23, 2020 8:36 PM

SPD launches identification, alert program for special needs citizens

Posted Jan 23, 2020 8:36 PM

The Salina Police Department’s Support Division has launched S.A.Id., a special needs and alerts identification program, which provides local first responders with the resources to identify and assist individuals with special needs who find themselves in emergency situations.

This new program allows parents, guardians, caregivers or individuals the opportunity to complete a form that gives the Salina Police Department permission to create a specialized alert in their communication database. The S.A.Id. Alert defines the individual’s condition and/or needs to first responders prior to their arrival to an incident, thereby improving their response, interaction, and communication with the individual.

S.A.Id. was spearheaded by Lead Dispatcher Amber Pfeifer who has a special needs child who likes to wander and is unable to state his address and phone number.

“I realized that the Salina Police Department needed some type of a proactive alerting system. After researching different alert systems across the country, the program in Norman, Oklahoma really stood out. Their motto of “Let it be S.A.Id. that we care. Let it be S.A.Id. so that we can be there when you cannot” represented exactly what I was hoping to achieve; so when my son couldn’t provide the information, law enforcement would know the answers.”

The S.A.Id. participation form can be completed one of two ways:

Online at www.salina-ks.gov/SAid

In person at the Salina Police Department, 255 N. 10th St.

Once an alert has been established for an individual, information must be submitted annually for the alert to remain active in the database.

For further questions regarding this program, call the Salina Police Department’s non-emergency line at (785) 826-7210, or email Wayne Pruitt, Director of Emergency Communications at [email protected], or Amber Pfeifer at [email protected]

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Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 13
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A Girl Scout ascends the 55-foot climbing wall at Starwoods Outdoor Center in Clearwater, an experience powered by Girl Scout Cookies. Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

WICHITA– Each year Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland learn valuable leadership and life skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program®.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Kansas girls will kick-off another year of entrepreneurship from Feb. 13 to March 22 to power their own leadership opportunities and the next big adventure. This season, cookie customers have a new milestone to help girls reach their personal goals as well as helping community members all at the same time.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls about entrepreneurship as they have fun learning essential skills like money management, public speaking, and decision making, which set them up for a lifetime of success. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills and their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path—so every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow. What’s more, each and every purchase stays local to power amazing experiences and leadership opportunities for girls in communities across Kansas.

The cookie program powers amazing Girl Scout experiences that might not have been possible otherwise. Girl Scouts from various troops in northwest Kansas spent a week traveling through New Mexico and Arizona, culminating in a day-long expedition at the Grand Canyon. Troop 40633 ventured east instead and elected to visit New York City, even paying a visit to Girl Scout Central. Other girls chose to fuel outdoor adventures at Girl Scout summer camp right here in Kansas. They participated in everything from archery to zip lining. And while each girl made a unique decision, one thing was true for each of them. Funds from their cookie business powered these experiences for Kansas Girl Scouts.

This year, Girl Scouts’ commitment to giving back within the community reaches a milestone year. The Cookie Share Program turns 10 years old in 2020, and to celebrate this year, our goal is to reach a total of 200,000 cookie shares donated to local organizations since the program’s inception. Girl Scouts across Kansas give cookie customers the option of sharing cookies with service men and women, their families, and local charities like the Kansas Food Bank. It’s simple. Supporters can purchase a package of cookies and donate it. Since the program began in 2010, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has distributed more than 175,000 packages of cookies to members of the military and local charities, including 16,000 cookie shares in 2019 alone.

With one of two lemon cookies available nationwide this year, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is celebrating the Lemonades® cookie, a tasty way to support young female entrepreneurs. These savory slices of shortbread with lemon-flavored icing are joined by Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Thanks-A-Lots®, Girl Scout S’mores®, and the gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip varieties priced at $5 per package. This year also marks the final Cookie Season for the Thanks-A-Lot. Those supporting Girl Scout entrepreneurs are encouraged to stock up and thank this delicious chocolate-dipped cookie for 15 years of enjoyment.

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