Educational Meet and Greet to be Held on April 29
TOWNSEND — Chief James Sartell is pleased to announce the Townsend Police Department will be participating in the Autism Police Patch Program through April and hosting a community meet and greet at the end of the month to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
April is Autism Awareness Month, and a commemorative version of the department’s patch will be available to those who make a $10 or more donation to benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Patches can be purchased online here.
The Flutie Foundation provides financial assistance for families caring for a loved one with autism and educates the public about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Officers will also wear the commemorative patches throughout the month to help spread awareness about ASD.
“We are proud to take part in this fundraiser to help support those in our community with Autism Spectrum Disorder and hope you will help to support this important cause if you are able to,” Chief Sartell said. “Thank you to everyone who helped coordinate this effort and the other events throughout the month to help raise awareness.”
Additionally, community members with ASD and their loved ones are invited to a meet-and-greet at at the Townsend Police Station, 70 Brookline St., on Thursday, April 29, at 5 p.m. Townsend officers will speak with attendees and demonstrate what they may expect if they are traveling in a car that is stopped by police.
“The event is a great way for community members to meet our officers, ask questions and learn more about our roles in the community. It’s our hope this will help to better prepare families in the event of an emergency, a traffic stop or any situation where they may need our assistance,” Chief Sartell said. “The event will allow families to become familiar with the equipment we use and what can be done to improve communication during these encounters.”