Police Participate in Blue Envelope Program
Posted: April 6, 2023
The Randolph Township Police Department, in conjunction with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Morris County Police Chief’s Association, is proud to announce a new program to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during a traffic stop. It’s called the Blue Envelope Program.
The goal of this program is to avoid any misunderstandings between officers and individuals with ASD. If someone with ASD gets pulled over, the driver shows the blue envelope. The driver will keep a copy of their driver’s license, registration card, current insurance card, and an emergency contact list inside. The outside of the blue envelope contains instructions for the driver, like keeping hands on the wheel and a warning about the flashing lights and noises. On the reverse side of the envelope, it tells the officers what to do, like simplifying requests. A checked off box will also indicate whether the driver is verbal or nonverbal.
If anyone needs a Blue Envelope for themselves, family, and/or friend, they are available at the Randolph Township Police Department Records Bureau window, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. During off hours, a police officer will be able to assist you in obtaining a Blue Envelope. No doctor’s note or diagnosis is needed to obtain a Blue Envelope.