ORILLIA, ON, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
has received a number of inquiries from Ontario residents asking about
police organizations calling to solicit funds for teddy bears.
While many OPP officers are involved in worthy charities on their own
time, the OPP is advising the public that it does not solicit funds
from members of the public for its Community Bear Program or any other
OPP program. The OPP's Community Bear Program is sponsored by Aviva
Through the sponsorship, Aviva Canada Inc. provides OPP officers with
black and white teddy bears which they give to traumatized children
they encounter when they respond to incidents such as motor vehicle
The OPP is reminding people to verify the legitimacy of any organization
that calls to solicit funds from the public.
For information on how to spot a scam, go to www.opp.ca and click on
Fraud Prevention on the Resources page.
For information on the OPP Community Bear Program, go to www.opp.ca and click on Community Bear Program on the Resources page.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Sgt David Thomas
Provincial Community Issues Coordinator
Crime Prevention Section
Phone: (705) 329-6272