When a Swedish toddler lost her beloved teddy bear, local police sprang into action by posting a photo appeal on the official police Facebook page.
Tyra Blomqvist was distraught when her teddy bear went missing, but soon had help from a surprising source. An off-duty police officer spotted one of the posters her family had posted around the Stockholm island of Kungsholmen.
The Local reported the poster said “Have you seen my teddy bear, I dropped it somewhere on Hantverksgatan on June 19th?” The policeman was touched and decided to photograph the poster and add it to the official police Facebook page, with the added appeal “Together, through ‘liking’ this picture, spreading the link, and keeping our eyes open, we can together make it so Tyra gets her beloved teddy bear back. Be sure to leave the bear at the nearest police station so Tyra can see her friend again!”
Although the police appeal drew plenty of attention and the requested 'likes', Tyra's teddy bear failed to materialise. According to a report in the Local police decided to surprise Trya with a new teddy. Their updated Facebook page told readers “When our attempts failed to give Tyra her own teddy back, we instead gave her our police mascot as consolation."
The kind police force keep their own special mascot bear to give to children who have suffered trauma or who they want to send a memento to.
Police shot down one miserable critic who complained about police time being wasted. They said the appeal was "written by an off-duty policeman, so the cost to us was zero. If we, through two minutes’ work, can help her get her friend back, we’d say it’s good prioritizing, don’t you think?”