The Germantown Walmart, located in the Milestone Shopping Center, has awarded the Montgomery County Police Department with a $2,000 grant to purchase Autism Safety Kits.
On Wednesday, the grant, which is part of Walmart’s Community Grant Program, was awarded to Officer Laurie Reyes, who runs the MCPD’s Autism and Alzheimer’s Outreach and Wandering Prevention Program, and Assistant Chief Betsy Davis on behalf of the Montgomery County Police Foundation and the MCPD.
Officer Reyes plans to use the grant to purchase Montgomery County Police Department Autism Safety Kits. These kits are provided to parents and guardians of children with Autism as part of a wandering prevention program. The kit includes wandering safety handouts, Autism safety shirts, Autism ID bracelets, door alarms, MCPD badge tattoos, and Autism awareness window clings. The clings inform police and rescue personnel that someone with Autism lives in the home, may not respond to verbal commands, door alarms, and MCPD badge tattoos.
On average, the MCPD investigates two missing or wandering Autistic children cases per week. MCPD recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with Autism have a huge responsibility and this grant will help will continue efforts to work with caregivers to avoid wandering and wandering tragedies.
The Montgomery County Police Foundation is a private, non-profit, organization to raise funds for the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-budgeted programs to enhance the quality of police service for the citizens of Montgomery County.
Caption: Assistant Chief Besty Davis and Officer Laurie Reyes recieve the grant from Walmart at the Germantown store on Wednsday, July 30.