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.