BEDFORD — Police Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department will be supporting Autism Awareness Month throughout the month of April, in support of those in the community affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Throughout the coming month, some Bedford Police officers will wear a commemorative Autism Awareness patch on their uniforms.
Patches are available to members of the public who donate $10 or more to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Donors can obtain a patch by contacting Officer Jeffrey French at [email protected]. Donations should be sent directly to the foundation.
A limited amount of autism awareness seat belt covers are also available at no charge.Those who would like a seat belt cover should contact Officer French to request one while supplies last.
“Autism Awareness Month is important to us as a department and we look forward to helping members of the community remain cognizant of the experiences of those who are on the spectrum,” Chief Bongiorno said.
The Department will also be participating in “Light It Up Blue,” a nationwide event on Friday, April 2 to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and mark the start of National Autism Awareness Month. All patrols who are not handling an active call will pull over to the side of the road and turn on their cruiser’s blue lights at 7:30 p.m. to raise awareness of autism.