BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Police Department, in conjunction with Bernards Township PBA Local no. 357, will be wearing a special department patch on their uniforms during April to raise awareness for children with autism during “Autism Awareness Month,: 

The patch that township police officers will be wearing is in the likeness of the current department patch, and also will feature a colorful puzzle pattern which symbolizes the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes will represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition, according to a release from the police department and PBA.

Additionally, PBA Local no. 357, which represents all rank and file officers in the police department, will be selling the limited edition patches to the public as a fundraiser.

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The patches will be sold for $10 and all proceeds will be donated by the PBA to the township's Bernards Parents for Exceptional Children (PEC) organization. PEC has the mission of providing support that families, educators, and community organizations need to help individuals with disabilities reach their full potential.

"The men and women of the Bernards Township Police Department are proud to partner with this local foundation and to offer our support to raise awareness for those affected with autism spectrum disorder," said the joint announcement.

Anyone wishing to purchase a patch should email patches@bernardspba357.org for ordering instructions.