Police get their paws on trauma teddies knitted by church
Rev Logan encouraged members to knit the bears to help children in difficult situations.
Nearly 150 trauma teddies knitted by members of the Church of Scotland will help police soothe distressed children.
A group of around 40 knitters from Caerlaverock Kirk, near Dumfries, and St Mary's-Greyfriars' Church, in Dumfries, made the bright and colourful bears following a suggestion from minister, Rev David Logan.
The former police officer asked people to make them two months ago following a conversation with community police officer, Jaclyn Irving, about what the church could do to help the force.
Knitting patterns were made available by children's charity, Children 1st, which is encouraging people across the country to make the bears for Police Scotland.
Rev Logan said: "Trauma teddies have captured the imagination of people within my congregations who were more than enthusiastic about knitting them.
"Often the police are involved in situations where young children are upset, frightened or have witnessed something traumatic.
"These little fellows are given to them by police officers when they are working with them to comfort them and allow the officers to do their job more easily.
'I was in the police for 30 years and we did not have trauma teddies - we certainly could have used them'Rev Logan
"I was in the police for 30 years and we did not have trauma teddies - we certainly could have used them.
"I imagine that they will be a great tool to soothe fretful children."
The trauma teddies, made out of wool or acrylic yarn, have been handed over to Constable Irving.
Superintendent Linda Jones, operational commander of Police Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway V Division, said: "We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who has given their time to knitting trauma teddies.
"They will be kept at police stations and in vehicles and officers will now have the option of giving a child one in the hope that it can provide a little comfort in what could be a difficult or upsetting situation.
"We are currently planning a launch later this month when they will be put to good use providing comfort to children who need it across Dumfries and Galloway."
Linda Jardine, Children 1st director of children and families services, said it is hoped that the teddy bears will "play a part in aiding the recovery of any child who is involved in a distressing situation".