The OPP has received a number of inquiries from residents across the province 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 says it does not solicit funds from the public for its Community Bear Program, or any other OPP program. The OPP's Community Bear Program is sponsored by Aviva Canada Inc. Through the sponsorship, Aviva provides officers with black and white teddy bears which they give to traumatized children they encounter when they respond to incidents such as motor vehicle collisions. 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.