Azusa police are now packing stuffed animals as standard equipment.
The toys will be used to comfort children whose families are involved in car accidents or police investigations. Police Chief Lloyd J. Wood said he read about East Coast police departments using stuffed animals and borrowed the idea.
Wood said a patrol officer often is the first person in contact with children. It is hoped that the stuffed animals will help children cope with what can be a traumatic experience.
“It gives the kids something to hold on to,” Wood said.