New Victim Services dog being trained to assist Kitimat RCMP
2017-05-02 12:59 PDT
In celebration of National Mental Health Week, meet Kitimat’s newest RCMP addition! Today we are introducing
Ozzie, a two-year-old Corgi-Labrador cross, who is now part of Kitimat RCMP’s Victim Services Program, a first for this northern community.
Kitimat’s Victim Services Program Director Leisl Kaberry has been working closely with Ozzie since late November, to get him fully trained and certified.
He just loves coming to work! says Kaberry.
He likes his training as he’s been responding to it with ease. Although he’s excited, he remains calm within the detachment and assists our police officers when needed as well.
Ozzie wears his training vest but has already been assisting on files as part of his training and is expected to fully graduate later this month.
Victim Services Dogs are an integral part of our Victim Services Programs and we are lucky to have one here in Kitimat, says Kaberry.
They provide comfort and bring down anxiety when people are agitated or upset during times of trauma or unbelievable loss.
These specialized working dogs, also known as therapy dogs, act as good will ambassadors who bridge the communication gap when victims are struggling to express their feelings or open up to police. They can also help citizens build relationships with the police, as trust is gained.
Our own police officers and staff also benefit from Victim Services dogs, particularly when people here are working on tough files and need to read through detailed, and often troubling statements, adds Kaberry.
Ozzie is proving to be an excellent support in many ways.
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