SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department has created the 'Summit PD CARES' program, a community outreach initiative designed to provide Community Policing Awareness, Response, and Engagement with members of the Summit community with special needs; particularly Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia.

According to the Summit Police, "the Department has worked closely with the community to develop a multi-dimensional program which will help facilitate strong communication with Summit’s special needs residents." The launch of 'Summit PD CARES' coincides with April being worldwide Autism Awareness Month, and is intended "to demonstrate the Summit Police Department’s long-standing commitment to promoting Autism awareness and proactive outreach to Autistic members of the community and their families."

“I am very excited to announce the launch of 'Summit PD CARES',” said Chief of Police Robert Weck. “I believe that we have created a unique program which will suit the needs of our residents and their families. We are committed to developing engaging community outreach programs which proactively address the needs of our city and I am looking forward to sharing the details of this very promising program with the public.”