It was a blessing in disguise when Tagg, a black Labrador retriever, failed his service dog training. This sweet pooch found his calling as a police comfort dog, and his main job is to provide emotional support to his fellows in the police department.
Tagg as a police comfort dog
The police force is exposed to a lot of stress and burnout, even depression. Yet, they still get up, dress up, and go to work to keep the community safe. The police officers need as much emotional support as they can get, and the Gresham Police Department has found a fantastic way to approach this problem.
Tagg is the force’s newest family addition. But unlike K-9s who aid the police officers in catching the bad guys, Tagg will bring good vibes and provide emotional support to the hardworking cops. This is what Tagg was called to do, and he’s already doing an awesome job being a police comfort dog.
Initially, Tagg was training to become a guide dog with “Guide Dogs for the Blind.” However, the group found Tagg unfit for the job, so they willingly donated him to the police department. But Tagg won’t run after criminals or sniff for bombs and drugs. His new job description is to act as “police comfort dog.”
Tagg was recently sworn in to formalize his role as Gresham PD’s first police comfort dog. He raised his right paw to swear before the authorities, was given an office badge, and even had the paperwork with his pawprint to prove his new important role.
Tagg’s important duty
As an official member of the Gresham PD, Tagg will be at the station throughout the day to give the officers some happy vibes, and they’re much-needed emotional support. The dog will help cops deal with their emotions as first responders, allowing the officers to de-stress and diffuse. Tagg will also provide emotional support to the crime victims and witnesses during investigations.
As it turns out, Tagg is bound to play a more significant role in the community, and the Gresham Police Department is lucky to have him. Watch Tagg’s swearing ceremony in the video below.