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Rome Police participating in Autism Awareness Patch Challenge

During the month of April each year, the world comes together to show love, support and spread awareness for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This year the Rome Police Department has joined in the efforts to promote Autism Awareness and Acceptance within every community.

In 2017 the New Rochelle Police Department along with their PBA started an Autism Patch Challenge. The challenge is to create a custom Autism patch for your department, and to affix that patch to at least one patrol vehicle and for one officer to wear the patch on his uniform.

Through the tremendous support of the administration, the Rome Police Department has committed to retrofitting approximately 15 marked patrol vehicles with the patch. Along with the vehicles, all officers will be authorized to replace their standard Rome Police patch with the custom Autism Awareness patch.

Shoulder patches are also available for pre-order purchase by the public at the Rome Police Department, located at 301 N. James St. Rome, NY 13440 or by contacting Officer Thomas Medlin at medlint@romepd.com. Each patch is $10.00 or $15.00 shipped. All proceeds from the Patch Challenge will be donated locally to the Kelberman Center (Autism Service Across the Lifespan) in Utica, NY. **Check or money order preferred. Make checks payable to the Phillip S. McDonald PBA (memo line- Autism Awareness)

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