The Washington DC Capitol Police have a new member of the police force – a three-year-old Black Labrador Retriever named Lila.
According to CNN, Lila began her role as the peer support dog in June as part of a larger effort to equip officers with the resources and support systems they took on as a result of the Capitol Hill uprising on the 6th job.
And officials say she already has a significant impact.
“Having Lila here now and having our own dog. It’s really just a godsend, “Jeffrey Albanese, a member of the USCP’s First Responders Unit and Peer Support Program, told CNN.
Lila was originally trained as a guide dog, but with her love for squirrels and in groups with others, she found her new purpose as a wellness support dog.
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CNN further noted that the police crew brought Lila on board on the birthday of the late officer Brian Sicknick to help ease some of the pain of the tragedy.
“She helped with tough events that we had. We took her to roll call for his shift and it just helps people forget a little, ”USCP officer Caroline Edwards, who suffered a brain injury after the riot, told the point of sale.
Lila also works with a 4 year old Yellow Labrador Retriever named Leo to put smiles on people’s faces, offer snuggle sessions, allow officers to be transparent and ask for help when they need it, which some do hesitate.
Both pups are part of a larger initiative to provide additional support to Capitol Police Officers.
Officials hope to share Lila with other departments in difficult times, which is heartwarming.