Nanaimo RCMP hopes public will help its stuffed bear reach the Atlantic

The force plans to send Nanaimo Bear on a road trip with a note asking the public to help it get to its Newfoundland destination.

Bear in red serge focus of RCMP social media initiative with aim to engage public

Stuffed Nanaimo RCMP bear headed to Atlantic coast is latest RCMP public engagement initiative (Nanaimo RCMP)

Nanaimo RCMP are counting on the kindness of strangers to help the newest member of their community policing unit fulfil his dream of dipping his paws into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.

The force plans to send its stuffed Nanaimo Bear — dressed in a red Mounties uniform — on a road trip with a note attached to its faux fur letting the public know about the journey and its ultimate goal of travelling to Newfoundland.

Stuffed Nanaimo RCMP bear headed to Atlantic is latest RCMP public engagement initiative (Nanaimo RCMP)

His first road trip will be to Chilliwack, home of the Mounties' Pacific Regional Training Centre, but after that people who come across Bear sitting on the side of the road, at a local coffee shop or maybe an airport will be asked to pick him up and take him along on their travels.

Constable Gary O'Brien is also asking that people share their adventures with Bear on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NanaimoBear.

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