Rick Smith, Chief of Police
1 Union St.
Wakefield, MA 01880
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 30, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Wakefield Police to Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness
WAKEFIELD – Police Chief Rick Smith announces that the Wakefield Police Department will be showing its support for Autism Awareness Month by participating in the Light it Up Blue event next week.
National Autism Awareness Month, which occurs every year in April, aims to raise awareness about the disorder and raise money for research, treatment, therapy and interventions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of one in 68 children in the U.S. have an Autism Spectrum Disorder that can cause signiﬁcant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
To help raise awareness and show support for families and individuals living with autism, Wakefield Police patrols will stop and illuminate their blue emergency lights for 60 seconds on Monday, April 2 — which is World Autism Awareness Day — at 7:30 p.m.
“We are honored to do our part in showing our support for autism awareness by participating in this event,” Chief Smith said.
In addition to their participation in the Light it Up Blue event, Wakefield Police officers will be wearing blue autism awareness pins to raise awareness and to encourage conversations about the topic.