NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police officers will now have Teddy bears with them as they investigate crimes across the city.
Arnaud's Restaurant donated 500 bears as part of a new program from Supt. Michael Harrison that aims to help children cope after becoming victims of crime.
"You've heard me say many times that improving the relationship with the community is my very top priority. And so, little by little, this is how we do it, by accepting generous donations from people who really care and want to volunteer their time and their money to help us make a lasting impression on a child," Harrison said.
The stuffed animals will be placed in NOPD vehicles for officers to hand out to kids they encounter on duty who have been traumatized.
Arnaud's Restaurant says the program has worked in other cities so it decided to begin one in New Orleans.