Reading Police Department to Raise Awareness for Autism With Special Patch

Reading, MA — Chief David Clark has announced that the Reading Police Department will be participating in the Autism Police Patch Program throughout the month of April to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Members of the Reading Police Department will renew the tradition of wearing a special patch on their uniforms during the month of April, which is National Autism Awareness Month. This patch will also be available for free to members of the public who donate $10 or more to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

“We look forward to this time every year because it’s an opportunity to show support for those living with autism in our community and their families,” Chief Clark said. “This special patch is a great way to both raise awareness of autism and support the Flutie Foundation’s important message of inclusion and ensuring that people with autism live a full life.”

Donors who would like to receive a patch should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Community Service Officer Kristen O’Shaughnessy at the police station, 15 Union St., Reading, MA 01867, along with a check for $10 or more made out to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, or documentation of a donation made directly to the foundation.

Residents are also asked to include their email address when either sending or dropping off envelopes.

The Flutie Foundation provides financial assistance for families caring for a loved one with autism and educates the public about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Click here to donate.

For more information, call 781-942-6761 or email CSO O’Shaughnessy at

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