Police in Dundee have been “truly and utterly humbled” by the number of Trauma Teddies handed in to officers ahead of the launch of the comforting scheme.
The initiative will see hand-knitted teddy bears handed out to young children involved in traumatic incidents within the local area, such as car crashes, in a bid to comfort them.
Despite not officially being rolled out, a teddy has already been issued to a young child involved in a collision in the city last week.
The force previously appealed to members of the public to send in their own knitted teddies and have revealed they’ve received creations from as far afield as England and Shetland.
Inspector Chris Boath, Longhaugh Locality inspector, was delighted at the number of Trauma Teddies sent in.
He said: “We have been stunned by the response we have received from the knitters of the area, and can only ask you to please keep them coming, we can never have enough of them.
“Such has been the response, that in conjunction with Children 1st, we are creating ‘Starter Packs’ for distribution across the country to other community teams who have expressed an interest in running schemes of their own.
“Thank you again to everyone who has contributed, for your generosity and your time.”
For further information, or for copies of the pattern, which are now available in crochet, e-mail taysidenortheastCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk