Boynton Beach police to employ therapy dog

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CNN) — The use of police dogs is nothing new, but the Boynton Beach Police Department is giving it a new twist.

The department said it has brought on a beagle mix named Harley to serve as a therapy dog, working mostly with children. It’s the first time a law enforcement agency in Florida has used a dog in this capacity, according to the department.

The idea is to help children feel more at ease when speaking to officers.

Harley was introduced at a press conference Tuesday.

“For children, I can’t imagine how Harley will not be a huge hit and help in really traumatic difficult situations,” said Nancy McBride, a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children representative.

 

Author: CNN Newsource
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