Hampshire Constabulary is appealing to the knitting community to help make more teddy bears to distribute to children involved in incidents of domestic violence.
Previously, the police were inundated with offers of help from community members to knit the police teddy bears. They were so popular that they are now in decline.
The bears, which are knitted by volunteers, are given to children by officers to help them communicate with them and break down barriers that may exist when the police intervene after a domestic incident.
Detective Sergeant Adam Merrick said:
“We have been so lucky to have had so many people to help us before and the bears have been really welcomed. These little bears really help to comfort and reassure young children when we witness an incident in which they have been involved or witnessed, and can help break down that initial barrier.
“Not only do they reassure the child, which makes it easier for us to talk to them and find out what happened, but they also help distract the child if we try to talk to their parent.
“The children who receive these bears would have been through a lot and would be recognized as victims of domestic violence in their own right under the new domestic violence law. Being able to greet them with this small gesture really makes a difference and helps put a smile on their face at a difficult time in their lives.
If anyone wants to know how to get involved in knitting these teddy bears, he can find the pattern on the links below. Finished bears can be turned in to your local police station.
Knitting – https://www.hampshire.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/hampshire/news/bobbybuddiesknittingpattern.pdf
Crochet – https://www.hampshire.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/hampshire/news/bobby-buddy—hook—hants.pdf
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