The Bristol Police Department recently added an adorable pup to their team to help reduce stress around the community. Though everyone was so thrilled to welcome their new arrival, one ceremony attendee just couldn’t keep their eyes open!
The 12-week-old Chocolate Lab puppy named Brody was so excited about his police pup debut that he woke up extra early to prepare for his big day! Though he was looking forward to meeting each and every one of his new police partners, his tiring day resulted in him sleeping through his entire swearing-in ceremony.
Though Brody may have slept through his big debut, the citizens of Bristol still welcomed him into their community with open arms. In the weeks following his public nap, he was already getting to work and offering some much-needed support around town.
Brody is the Bristol Police Department’s first therapy and comfort dog in training. Once he has completed his training program he will be a huge source of happiness around town, and will make appearances at establishments that need his help the most. Brody and his handler will offer their assistance at local schools, libraries, senior centers, and any community event once gatherings are safe again!
Though current social distancing measures make it more challenging for Brody to receive the socialization he needs, his arrival couldn’t have come at a better time. Brody has been able to put a smile on the faces of those still working each day at the Police Department, making this time seem a bit less stressful for those on the front lines.
“People are really stressed, especially in law enforcement. Just by walking in the police department with Brody, people immediately smile, they immediately get into a better place. They want to pet him, want to hug him and it’s just a really good thing.” – Officer Medeiros
Since the swearing-in, Brody has already made a huge impact around town. Brody has greeted residents at a local senior center through the window, assisted in security checks around the city, and has even been the star of a read-along video that parents can show their kids during the quarantine.
It’s no doubt that Brody will be a wonderful addition to the Bristol Police Force, and will continue to bring joy during this difficult time. If you would like to keep up with Brody and the BPD’s adventures, you can follow his journey here!
Keep up the good work Brody!