For Police, Autism Awareness Is More Than Just A Patch

Howell Police are doing their part to spread awareness with a specially designed Autism Awareness Day patch. (Photo courtesy Howell Police)
Howell Police are doing their part to spread awareness with a specially designed Autism Awareness Day patch. (Photo courtesy Howell Police)

HOWELL – April 2 is recognized nationally as Autism Awareness Day. The month of April is then dedicated to spreading awareness about autism. Howell Police are doing their part to spread awareness with a specially designed Autism Awareness Day patch.

Howell officers donned the patch on their uniforms April 2. The patch is accented with rainbow colored puzzle pieces, the primary symbol associated with the disorder. The patch reads: “Committed to Community Autism Awareness.”

Howell Police are doing their part to spread awareness with a specially designed Autism Awareness Day patch. (Photo courtesy Howell Police)
Howell Police are doing their part to spread awareness with a specially designed Autism Awareness Day patch. (Photo courtesy Howell Police)

According to police, Howell Police Department was one of the first departments in the state of New Jersey to be fully trained to respond to and interact with those with special needs.

“Howell has one of the largest populations in the area with those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are committed to providing the highest level of service to our community,” stated Howell Police.

Police also advise residents to register special needs individuals on the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry. For more information on this, visit mcsnrnj.org.

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