Toys to help comfort young victims
COMFORT toys are being introduced to reduce the stress children suffer after being involved in a serious collision or firearms incident.
Police in Cambridgeshire will carry soft toys, many of which were donated by the Disney Store in Peterborough, in all of their traffic and firearms vehicles to comfort children while the emergency services deal with the incident.
The Cambridgeshire scheme has been set up by enquiry of- ficer Jackie Gadd after she heard about the success of a pioneering project by Wiltshire police.
She said said: “Several years ago my children and I were involved in an eight-vehicle collision on the M25 which was extremely distressing for the children.
“I’m convinced that if they had been given a teddy to cuddle while the incident was dealt with it would have reduced their stress significantly.”
Chief inspector Mike Winters said: “Being involved in or witness to a serious collision or firearms incident is an extremely distressing experience.
“The introduction of the `comfort toys’ will allow officers to offer children involved some comfort to help reduce the stress of this experience.
“Several forces are already using the toys and have found they help to calm down children.”
Mothercare in Huntingdon also gave a substantial discount to the police for their toys.