Lincolnshire Police has been overwhelmed by the kind response of knitters who supported its campaign to date, said a force spokesman.
The initial request for 500 bears has been surpassed...by 4,600!
The bears have been placed in force vehicles to allow officers to distribute them at the scene of a road traffic collision which may involve children. They have been issued to the Spring Lodge support centre dealing with victims of crime and will also be issued as part of the successful Junior Police Cadet School Officer scheme, starting again in September across Lincolnshire.
The spokesman said: “As we now have sufficient bears to support these initiatives, we would like to cease receiving supplies of bears for the time being and hopefully start again in October 2014.
“We propose to run the period of knitting teddy bears as an annual initiative for knitters to send in the bears over the winter months from October to March.”
Many good stories have been highlighted as the wider benefits of knitting the bears such as ‘having a purpose to my life when stuck indoors in the winter and it is dark outside’ and ‘I have now stopped smoking as I cannot knit and smoke at the same time!’ and ‘I have a link to the police service now and feel safer as part of that scheme’
Other emergency services are now considering starting a similar scheme due to the fantastic effort in supporting Lincolnshire Police.
For further details on teh teddy bear scheme, contact:
Community Safety Officer