Blue Envelope Program
The Clark Police Department in partnership with Union County and twenty local municipalities have launched the Blue Envelope Program. Designed to provide comfort and clarity to motorists with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during police encounters, this initiative streamlines the process and promotes understanding for both drivers and officers. Read the official press release here.
What is the Blue Envelope Program?
Motorists with ASD and their chosen representatives can obtain a designated "blue envelope" from the Clark Police Department. This envelope serves as a secure storage for essential documents like driver's license, registration, insurance card, and emergency contacts. It also provides clear instructions for drivers, highlighting where to keep the envelope, how to communicate with officers, and how to respond during a stop.
Supporting Motorists and Police Officers Alike
The Blue Envelope not only assists drivers but also guides police officers on how to approach the situation with sensitivity. Officers are advised to be aware of signs of anxiety, repetitive movements, or unusual eye contact. They are encouraged to use clear and simple language, allow extra time for responses, and notify drivers when the stop is complete. In case of distress, officers can contact the person listed on the enclosed contact card, ensuring a compassionate and professional interaction.
How to Participate
To be part of this vital program, simply call our police desk at 732-388-3434 and select "1" for the front desk dispatcher. A police officer will deliver a Blue Envelope to your residence, or you can pick one up at the Clark Police Department located at 315 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066. At the Clark Police Department, we are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive community which supports motorists with ASD.
Additional Services for ASD Individuals Offered By Clark PD
The Clark Police and other emergency responders in the Township invite families of those residents with special needs to register with the department to ensure first responders are aware of any special circumstances when responding. Please read our information about our local registry for more information.