SWANSEA — Chief Marc Haslam is pleased to announce that the Swansea Police Department will once again be participating in the Autism Police Patch Program throughout the month of April to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Swansea Police will be renewing the tradition of wearing a special Autism Awareness patch on their uniforms during the month of April, which is National Autism Awareness Month.
The department will also have a limited number of special Swansea Police autism awareness patches available to residents in lieu of a donation throughout the month of April while supplies last.
Patches are $11 each and can be obtained online or at the Swansea Police Station, 1700 G.A.R. Highway, at any time.
To purchase a patch or donate online, click here. Those wishing to purchase a patch in-person can pay with cash, check or money order. Checks should be made out to the Swansea Police Patrolman Association.
All proceeds will go to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Flutie Foundation provides financial assistance for families caring for a loved one with autism and educates the public about autism spectrum disorder.
Community members are encouraged to take a photo with “Patches,” the department’s Autism K-9 stuffed animal. Those interested should contact Lt. Joseph Martin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.