Chattanooga police, Unum 'Cops Care' program provides care packages for kids at traumatic scenes

Staff Photo by Tierra Hayes / Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy explains the new "Cops Care" care package program to officers on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The collaboration between Unum and the Chattanooga Police Department will provide bags for children at police scenes in an attempt to bring comfort and a distraction. The kits include items such as a blanket, a stress ball, stuffed animals and coloring books.

The Chattanooga Police Department and Unum announced Wednesday a new partnership to aid children following traumatic events that require police presence.

The "Cops Care" program will provide bags to children at police scenes in an attempt to bring comfort and a distraction. The kits will include items such as a blanket, a stress ball, stuffed animals and coloring books.

"This is just another item that the officers are going to have available," said police Chief David Roddy, "so that if they see a child in need - a child that has been hurt, victimized, experienced trauma - this is something that they can use to kind of mitigate where that trauma is going right then, distract the child out of that harsh and hard moment in their lives and let the officers do what they always do and strive to do, which is help our community."

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