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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Perry Police recognizing
Autism Awareness Month

Perry Police Chief Michael Grover stands next to the department’s new Tesla that has been outfitted with a special license plate for autism awareness. The department’s other vehicles have been affixed with the plates, too. Photo provided. Feature by courtesy of Country Courier.

New campaign aimed at Autism Awareness has been launched by the Perry Police Department. 

Throughout April, Perry PD officers will display special patches on their uniforms for Autism Awareness Month. The patch, designed by Officer Matt Masci, shows a bright multi-color puzzle background with a singular blue puzzle piece that stands out, a common visual symbol of autism. In addition to these patches on the uniforms, officers will display the patch on the license plates of their patrol fleet.

Autism Awareness Month is a campaign aimed at celebrating differences and becoming more inclusive of individuals with autism. After two successful years of dawning pink patches for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Grover said he seized the opportunity to represent another important cause. 

“It’s really important that we continue to celebrate and embrace all members of our community,” he said.

Grover also said the youth population will see the department’s therapy dog, K9 Sunny, representing the cause this month, too.

“Sunny is a great resource for our kids in school and he’ll be showing off his autism awareness gear for them too,” he said.

Sunny is assigned with Masci, the school resource officer at Perry Central School, which is an educational partner of The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park. 

Residents will see officers in these patches only through the end of April.

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