Buffalo Grove Police have officially welcomed a therapy dog to the department.
Gus is a 4 year old white Labrador Retriever/Standard Poodle mix and will work with the department’s social worker, Brittany Wilson, to build positive connections in the community. Gus was adopted to help with public relations and community engagement, in addition to helping with victim advocacy, mental health, and trauma response. It will also be a resource for first responders dealing with stress and the impact of experiences on the job, while supporting service members with general well-being.
Gus is a graduate of the Paws & Stripes Comfort and Therapy Dog Obedience Program, which is facilitated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The program pairs trained and carefully screened inmates with trained shelter dogs to provide therapy services with law enforcement. All selected dogs receive basic obedience training and are selected for their temperament and behavioral characteristics.
Wilson completed a 40 hour advanced training course with Gus to become certified as a member of the Nationally Registered Therapy Canine Team.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a program that comforts those who are going through a series of challenges or traumas,” she said. “Gus will provide a truly valuable service to the Buffalo Grove community.”
The therapy dog training program is free, and the police department thanks the many local businesses who donated for Gus’ routine care and ongoing training.
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