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Bears Part of Police Arsenal


Hundreds of Teddy Bears Donated
To Police for Work with Kids

(April 10, 2002)



In addition to the usual police tools carried by officers, a new and unexpected one is soothing the fears of frightened or injured children.



The addition to the police arsenal? A Teddy Bear.



Hundreds of Teddy Bears have been collected by Riversider Wendy Eads. She will donate the bears to the University of California, Riverside Police Department, and to officers of UNET, a joint community policing project of the City of Riverside Police Department and University Police Department. (UNET stands for University Neighborhood Enhancement Team.)



Time: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10



Location: UCR Police Department, corner of Linden and Canyon Crest



Officers will be joined by members of the Palomarez Family, whose 2-year-old daughter was mauled by two vicious pit bulls and was saved by her 6-year-old brother. Officers gave the child one of the “comfort bears.”



Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge will be present to salute the community spirit and dedication of the bear donors.



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