Beacon the Bear has joined the Columbus Police Department to help comfort and calm children in crisis. Beacon is a small, stuffed teddy bear that officers can give to children in an effort to soothe fears and anxiety in volatile situations.
The Columbus Police Department has recently received 150 Beacon the Bear teddy bears from the Bears in Blue Foundation thanks to a generous donation from a local private donor. The Bears in Blue Foundation is a non-profit organization that ensures children involved in a crisis feel safe and comfortable through the gift of a teddy bear.
Mayor Kristen Brown encouraged the police department to join with the Bears in Blue Foundation because Columbus officers often encounter children who are victims of abuse or neglect or who have experienced other traumatic situations, such as domestic violence or traffic accidents. In addition to a teddy bear, officers also will have journals that they can give to children to let them write about their feelings.
“Our officers can now help comfort children and make them feel safer and more secure during a difficult time,” Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said.
CPD is one of only two police departments in the state to partner with the Bears in Blue Foundation. Anyone who wants to contribute to CPD’s Beacon the Bear program can contact Lt. Matt Myers at 376-2605.