K-9 “Rose”; not just a therapy dog to the Surprise Police Department
Surprise, AZ (June 30, 2016) For nearly 8 months now, “Rose”, a 2 year old black Labrador Retriever, has served as the Surprise Police Department’s therapy dog. In addition to her primary role as a therapy dog she has also served the department and the surrounding community in many different ways.
According to “Rose’s K-9 Handler and partner, Detective Rachael Tidd, “Rose” is primarily responsible for serving the emotional needs of victims. Often these victims have experienced various types of traumatic events. “Rose” utilizes her calm attitude and relaxed demeanor to bridge gaps in communication between the Surprise Police and those being interviewed as both victims and witnesses, especially children.
Types of calls Rose typically assists with include but are not limited to the following: traumatized persons, forensic interviews, witnesses of crimes, first responders who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, elderly citizens in crisis, mental health issues, child neglect/abuse, sexual abuse/assault, and death notifications.
During her interactions, “Rose” has quickly become a star to many of those she has served and the Surprise Police want to share her story with the public. Therefore, in the immediate future, the Surprise Police Department will be utilizing “Rose” as our spokes model/mascot for some upcoming public messages.