Posted 5 months ago ago
An eight-week-old puppy has become the latest West Midlands Police recruit - and you could name her!
The puppy will play a different role to the traditional police dog, and instead of catching criminals and sniffing out drugs, they are set to be the force’s first ever wellbeing dog.
The therapy dog is a Maltipoo, a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The fairly new breed has a small stature, a rounded head, and floppy ears - they carry the appearance of a puppy for nearly their entire lives.
After her training, her handler - a trained mental health first aider - will take the pup into school settings to help police connect better with the children. The pup will also be on hand to provide emotional support following difficult or traumatic incidents.
As the newest member of the team, her role will be to support the wellbeing of the West Midlands community, with her first deployments focused on helping vulnerable people as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
PCSO Demi Rook and Inspector Paul Van Veen from our Dudley partnerships team came up with the proposal for the four-legged new recruit after seeing how well it worked in other forces that have already realised the benefits of time well spent with a furry companion.
West Midlands Police would like the puppy to heave a meaningful name, and are seeking input from the public.
To submit a suggestion, you can comment on their Facebook post or send an email to email@example.com