The Odessa Teddy Bear Patrol was formed as a support organization for the Odessa Police Department in 1990 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit. The goal of the organization was to provide an additional tool for Officers to help and comfort children in Odessa that have been involved in a traumatic event. The Odessa Teddy Bear Patrol began supplying stuffed teddy bears for the Department which are then placed in all Odessa Police and Fire Department vehicles.
The Teddy Bear Patrol has expanded their role and began providing bears to the Ector County Medical Examiners Office and U.T.P.B. Police Department. The bears are utilized by officers and firefighters as a comfort item for young children who are involved in a traumatic event. The Odessa Teddy Bear Patrol was a non-profit organization funded by individual donations and an annual pancake breakfast fund-raiser that was hosted by the Earl S. Bailey American Legion Post #430 in Odessa.
In January 2016 The Odessa Teddy Bear Patrol was merged into the Professional Police Officers Association of Odessa. For more information about the Odessa Teddy Bear Patrol program you can contact Sergeant Caleb Lacey, President of the Professional Police Officers Association of Odessa, at 432-335-3331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.