Police cars in Estonia will soon be equipped with teddy bears to help comfort children at the scene of incidents, if a crowdfunding plan comes together.
A group of students were “stunned” to discover that children are involved in more than a thousand accidents a year at school, in the home, in playgrounds, or on the roads, and are often left “injured, in a state of shock, or just in need of comfort,” the Jarva Teataja newspaper reports. So they set up the Traumamommik (trauma teddy) charity, which aims to put two teddies in each Estonian police car and border patrol vehicle by 1 June – which is marked as Children’s Rights Day in many formerly Soviet-run states.
The police and border guards have readily agreed to the scheme – Paide town police chief Margus Toomsalu told Jarva Teataja that “incidents of domestic violence often mean that children need comforting”. …