Mary MuellerApr 3, 2017, 12:32 pmApr 3, 2017, 12:32 pm

New Rochelle police teams up with local school for Autism Patch Challenge

Challenge aims to raise awareness and help law enforcement understand how to better approach a child on the spectrum

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New Rochelle police led multiple agencies down Broadfield Road to William B. Ward Elementary School on Monday where officers met with students to show their support for autism awareness and being accepting of everyone. The kids were excited to see the vehicles and get autism puzzle patches.

Parent and New Rochelle Police Detective Christopher Greco organized the event. Greco's son Christopher has autism and is non-verbal. Greco says it’s important law enforcement know how to approach a child on the spectrum because they may not respond the same way.

To bring awareness to autism, Greco started the Autism Patch Challenge. The idea challenges law enforcement agencies from our area, region and across the United States to outfit their vehicles with a magnet. More than 60 law enthronement agencies in and around our area have them.
The magnet made by Mamaroneck-based shop, The Cruisers Division.

The magnet hasn't only been ordered by law enforcement agencies in New York, but by agencies in at least a half a dozen other states.

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