Police launch awareness patch program

Posted 4/2/20

Police launch awareness patch program Starting in April, the Warwick Police Department will begin implementing an awareness patch program. Throughout the year, officers will wear special patches on their uniforms representing various causes. These

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Police launch awareness patch program

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Starting in April, the Warwick Police Department will begin implementing an awareness patch program.

Throughout the year, officers will wear special patches on their uniforms representing various causes. These patches will be made available for purchase to the public, and all proceeds will be donated to a charity or organization directly associated with what each patch represents. At this time, the patches will be sold to the public strictly through an online forum and will then be shipped.

The first patch being released is to support Autism Awareness Month in April. The goal for this patch is to help raise money to support programs that offer proper training and prevention strategies in light of stories across the country in which officers did not know how to identify individuals with autism, and may have responded differently if they had more information and training.

Funds raised from the sales of the Autism Awareness patches will benefit the National Autism Association, a nonprofit focused on addressing urgent issues in the autism community including safety. The National Autism Association provides first responder training, and offers several programs and resources to families to help prevent emergencies.

Anyone wishing to support the cause can purchase a patch. A link to purchase the patches can be found on the Warwick Police Department’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, as well as its website, warwickpd.org.

To make a donation or for questions, email wpdpatches@warwickri.com.

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