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Hoover Police Department adds autism awareness decals to patrol cars

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Hoover Police Department is taking a new step to send a message to families affected by autism.

Police Cars are now driving around with new puzzle piece shaped decals, reading “Autism Awareness.”

The idea came from Hoover Police Officer Marcus Byner, who has a new understanding of autism that he wanted to share with his community.

“My son was diagnosed with autism when he was age three, and my thing was what can we do in law enforcement to make awareness about it,” Byner told ABC 33/40.

Byner says he took the idea up the chain of command, and Police Chief Nick Derzis loved it.

“To see it come to fruition was a blessing, not only to my son but also to other families affected by autism,” Byner said.

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“We do care about the community and we want them to feel welcome and even outsiders coming to visit Hoover, we care,” added Byner. “So that’s one thing we hope to achieve here.”

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