HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Police Department announced Saturday that they would be recognizing Autism Awareness Month with their special police patches.  The patches show multicolored puzzle pieces, the symbol representative of autism awareness, superimposed with an embroidered "Hawthorne Police".

"Amidst all of the craziness and uncertainty in the world," the police said in a statement, "we wanted to remember that April is Autism Awareness month. So even though we will be wearing more gloves, more masks, and more glasses... we also will be sporting our Autism Awareness patches! #autismawareness #ourhpd."

According to the Autism Society, "Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a 'spectrum condition' that affects people differently and to varying degrees. While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity."

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