Chicago PD’s First Comfort Pup Will Snuggle Crime Into Submission
Brinkley the puppy is definitely not your average police dog.
This adorable 8-week-old puppy was just adopted by the Sterling Police Department in Illinois, Fox 6 Now reports. If you're imagining Brinkley training to be the stereotypical kind of bad ass police dog you've seen on TV and in movies, think again.
"Complete opposite of a K-9, a traditional K-9 that you think of," Officer Niki Diehl with the Sterling Police Department said of Brinkley.
Instead, Brinkley is being trained as a comfort dog. According to ABC 7 Chicago, she will "connect with the community during stressful times, visit schools, and be a goodwill ambassador" in addition to comforting victims of crimes.
"Our thoughts are to bring her in and distract from the negative event that just happened. She makes everybody smile, and that is her main purpose. She makes people smile," Officer Diehl said, according to Fox 6 Now.
She will also be available to officers who have had traumatic experiences or who feel burned out by the pressures of the job.
"There's a lot of stress in our job. We deal with a lot of negative…for the most part, we're dealing with negative situations, so more or less like a comfort dog and she'll be here for us. She'll be, you know, good for morale for us," Diehl said, according to Fox 6 Now.
Basically, every police department needs to get a Brinkley, STAT.