OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland police hit the streets Thursday with extra tools in their patrol cars after a spate of violent crimes that victimized children.
The Oakland Police Department decided to revive the so-called teddy bear patrol after a six year hiatus because of the recent murder of 3-year-old Carlos Nava and the strong-arm robbery of a 2-year-old girl, said police services technician Brenda Ivey.
“This 2-year-old that was just a victim of having her gold taken off of her, the officer that was on call gave her a bear after that incident,” Ivey said.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:
Five hundred bears, complete with badges and certificates, were recently donated by the Teddy Bear Patrol, a non-profit organization in Lafayette that works with the Oakland Police Athletics League to raise money to buy the stuffed animals.
Ivey said the gesture from an authority figure at a frightening moment, such as when a parent or guardian is taken into custody, could help overcome fear or distrust.
“As a police department, we want to serve the kids and let them know we’re not just taking bad guys to jail. We’re here to talk to you,” she said.
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