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PC Trauma Teddy and friends are starting work with the Roads Policing Unit in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, fully trained and ready for deployment to comfort hurt, frightened and upset children.
Alongside the usual kit of traffic cones, warning triangles and breathalysers, each Roads Policing Unit car will now be equipped with two friendly soft teddies for officers to give to children who find themselves caught up in a police incident.
The RPU, who concentrate on ensuring safety on the roads but can go to any incident where required, have just taken delivery of the teddies courtesy of the Bedfordshire Police Federation, who have funded them with a discount from retailers Mothercare.
The toys are suitable for even the tiniest infant and were suggested by PC Sam Sparkes when she saw them on duty with RPU colleagues in neighbouring Cambridgeshire.
Pc Sparkes said: “We go to numerous incidents, especially road collisions, where it’s stressful enough for the adults, let alone for children who really have no idea what’s happening. I thought these lovely teddies would be just the job to help give children some comfort and something else to focus on in a traumatic situation.
“We’ve been able to keep some of PC Teddy’s colleagues in reserve so that every time a bear goes home with an upset child, I can send a replacement out.”