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The OPP is hoping to comfort young victims.

The OPP, the OPP Youth Foundation and TD Canada Trust have joined forces to launch a new partnership that will enable officers to continue the OPP Community Bear Program.

The program gives an opportunity for officers to provide re-assurance and comfort to young victims, with the aim of beginning the process of rebuilding their sense of safety and security. Through the sponsorship of TD, the program will equip OPP cruisers with stuffed-bears for officers to hand out to children who have experienced a traumatic or stressful incident.

"The OPP is committed to assisting those affected by crime or traumatic events to get the support they need,” said OPP Inspector Robyn MacEachern, Community Safety Services. “The OPP Community Bear Program connects our officers to some of our youngest victims, in hopes to encourage resiliency,” she said.

"TD is proud to partner with the OPP and the OPP Youth Foundation to help provide Community Bears to children in stressful situations,” said Bradley Kennedy, Professional Assistant Branch Manager, TD Wealth.

The 1,500 bears will be distributed among detachments across Ontario. 

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