Middletown Police Officer Mark Laudenslager (left) and Penn State Harrisburg Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Jennifer Gibbs display a few of the stuffed animals that have been donated to the MPD by students who are members of the new Penn State Harrisburg chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Handguns, bullet-proof vests, Tasers and stuffed animals.
What item on this list doesn’t seem to belong?
You probably said “stuffed animals,” but when it comes to equipment that Middletown Borough Police officers need to carry, stuffed animals really do belong on the list.
Only you won’t find stuffed animals among the list of police equipment items that are funded by the borough budget.
Instead, the MPD has depended on the generosity of outside groups to provide a piece of equipment that officers say comes in very handy — especially any time an officer is dealing with a situation involving a young child.
In recent years, Kiwanis and Members 1st have donated teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the department for officers to give to children, said MPD Patrol Officer Mark Laudenslager.
Now, a new group has stepped up — the Penn State Harrisburg Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, known as Alpha …