Yulee, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is establishing a Bears on Patrol teddy bear program to provide bears to Patrol Deputies to be used throughout the year to give to children in need they encounter when responding to calls.
Often times, children are present in homes where domestic violence or other traumatic incidents have occurred that would be scary to a child. The teddy bears will give the children something warm and cuddly to hang on to and thus calm their fears a bit.
In addition to the patrol deputies, the Detective Division will also utilize teddy bears when interviewing young victims of sexual/physical assault and domestic violence.
Sheriff Bill Leeper said “These warm and fuzzy friends are one way to ease the fears of young children who are caught in difficult situations, often bringing a sense of security to a child who is overcome with anxiety.”
If you would like to know how to contribute teddy bears to the Bears on Patrol program, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 904-225-0331.