Stawell Police welcome new Constable T Bears

The Stawell Police Station has welcomed the arrival of the latest edition of Constable T Bears under the backdrop of the unveiling of some amazing pieces of art.

The new bear is available at reception for members of the public to purchase at a cost of $65 each. If people are paying cash they are required to pay with the correct denomination of funds.

Students from Halls Gap Primary School, St Patrick's Primary School, Skene Street Specialist School, Stawell Primary School and Stawell West Primary School have also just completed the task of transforming a section of the front of the station.

Each were given a theme with a broad focus on the local area incorporating subjects including the gold rush, agriculture and indigenous history.

Officer in Charge of the Stawell Police Station, Senior Sergeant Warren Groves has praised the addition of the pieces of art which have brightened up the station foyer.

"This was part of a strategy to develop a relationship, through art with the youth of Stawell," he said.

"It has also helped to improve our interactions and gives them a better understanding of our role within the community."

The children's hard work was ongoing for more than 12 months with interested members of the community encouraged to stop by the Stawell Police Station in Patrick Street and check them out.

S/Sgt Groves said all of the art was of a high standard with an indigenous display made possible thanks to consultation between a Halls Gap Primary School student and Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre.

Edition 14 of Constable T Bear is part of the Public Order Response Team (PORT).

The creators believe this year's bear is the best ever, with factories in four countries used to manufacture components for the bear.

Edition 14 features a helmet that comes from the same factory that supplies law enforcement agencies around the world.

Money raised through the purchase of the T-Bears goes towards the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

The organisation perpetuates the memory of members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty through the support of health facilities within Victoria.

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