They may not be on the front-line fighting crime like other police dogs, but the role of K-9 comfort dogs is just as important.
Comfort K-9s have been introduced to the police force in the U.S. to help support people experiencing stress, anxiety and PTSD as a result of crime. They also act as four-legged ambassadors for the police force and visit schools, hospitals and courts to boost morale and help the police to strengthen ties with the community.
The police department in Bristol, Rhode Island is the latest to introduce comfort dogs in the form of little Brody.
But while Brody will have an important role, the chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy may need some extra encouragement to stay awake during his duties.
During his swearing-in ceremony, an important ceremony where police officers formally promise to perform their duties well and remain loyal and honest, Brody couldn't keep his little eyes open. The pup snoozed throughout the entire ceremony!
Perhaps it's good that Brody gets his rest now as he's got a big job ahead of him as the town's first comfort dog. He will be vital in supporting witnesses during police investigations, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.