April is National Autism Awareness Month. The Smithfield Police Department, along with the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge #17, have created Smithfield Police Autism Awareness patches to show support for Autism Awareness. During the month of April, members of the Smithfield Police will have the option of wearing these alternate Autism Awareness patches on their uniforms. The patches are available to the public for $10.00 each, and all proceeds from patch sales will be donated to The Autism Project of Rhode Island.
There are two versions of the Smithfield Police Department Autism Awareness patch. The “official” Smithfield Police Department shoulder patch and logo contain the color gold. This patch is worn by all officers holding the ranks of Lieutenant through Police Chief, as these officers’ uniforms are trimmed in gold. The ranks of Patrol Officer and Sergeant wear a patch that replaces gold with silver, as their uniforms are trimmed in silver. Patches are approximately 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide – they are full sized.
If you would like to purchase the Smithfield Police Autism Awareness patches, go to the Smithfield FOP Lodge #17 Square Store at http://smithfield-fraternal-order-of-police—lodge-no-17.square.site, which takes payment in the form of credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. Patches are $10 each. A $1.00 shipping and handling fee per patch will be added to online orders.
Patches can also be purchased in person from a member of the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police at the Smithfield Police Department, Monday through Friday, 8am-3pm, in the form of cash only. Please ask for Officer Ryan Perry or Sergeant Jason Corser to assist you with your purchase.