THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Officials say that Thomasville Police Officers always keeps a stuffed animal or two in the car with them just in case they come across a child whose hurt.
"A lot of times when they deal with the law enforcement in these types of situations its not a good situation and they end up watching the police or take one of their parents or adult figures from the home in handcuffs into jail," said Captain Maurice Holmes.
And officials hope that giving them a stuffed animal not only gives them comfort but also lets children know that officers are there to help. And they hope that parents can also help when disciplining their child.
"We often hear a parent tell their child if you don't behave if you don't stop acting out I'm gonna get that officer to take you to jail...whenever I hear somebody say that when I'm around I usually try to get down on the child's level and let them know listen we don't take little kids to jail, we're here to help you and we're here to stop bad people from doing bad things," said Detective Crystal Parker.
For those who want to donate stuffed animals, you can send them to the Thomasville Police Department.