TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Police Department has welcomed a few fluffy new members to their team to help comfort children during emergencies.
Earlier this week, the police department announced that every patrol car in Taipei will now be equipped with teddy bears to serve as a source of comfort for children in traumatic situations. The idea was inspired by a post shared by Dutch police displaying their gear.
After learning the Dutch police would keep toys to relieve stress for young children, Taipei Police Department Commissioner Chen Jia-chang (陳嘉昌) decided to enhance kid-friendly measures by adding teddy bears to patrol vehicles. He pointed out that the presence of a stuffed animal can sometimes provide more comfort to children than words.
City police also pointed out that the concept of officers carrying teddy bears while on patrol is in line with the mission of the international organization Good Bears of the World. Founded by American journalist James Theodore Ownby, British Colonel Robert Henderson, and British actor Peter Bull in 1969, the group has donated over 10 million teddy bears to hospitals and agencies that work with children in crisis, the terminally ill, and the forgotten elderly.