RANDOLPH, MASS. (WHDH) - The Randolph Police Department has created an Emotional Support Unit to provide comfort and support to people in times of crisis.
Police have begun to train Larry, a six-month-old standard poodle to serve as a therapy dog for the department.
Larry will receive his training as a therapy dog to assist the victims of crime, traumatized children, or anyone else that needs emotional attention.
“Children can be subjected to some very scary things, they can witness domestic violence or be a crime victim themselves” Randolph Police Chief William Pace said. “Our hope is that Larry will provide some comfort to those in need.”
Police hope to bring Larry to schools, senior housing, and community events around Randolph.
Larry is currently being trained in basic obedience and will be introduced to the community at the annual “Night before the 4th” parade.
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