PCSD first in U.S. to have registered therapy dog working in corrections facility

PCSD first in U.S. to have registered therapy dog working in corrections facility
PCSD Canine therapy dog Officer Luke

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department is the first law enforcement organization in the U.S. to have a registered therapy dog, Officer Luke, working in a corrections facility.

Officer Luke received his registration earlier this month and is the second therapy dog for PCSD.

Officer Luke

🎉🐾We offically have the 1st registered therapy dog, in the Nation, assigned to work in a Corrections Facility!🐾🎉 The Pima County Sheriff's Department is thrilled to announce the therapy registration of Officer Luke. This registration makes him the first EVER registered therapy dog in the NATION assigned to work in a corrections facility and the second registered therapy dog for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Luke and Corrections Officer Dickinson have been training with Jeremy Brown of the The Complete Canine, who specializes in preparation of the Canine Good Citizen and Pet Partners Therapy Dog test, for the past ten months. It is held in high regard when a therapy registration is granted from Pet Partners as their program represents the best the field of animal-assisted interventions has to offer. With this registration, Officer Luke will be utilized in a proactive approach to inmate contact through rounds in the housing units and assisting inmates in times of crisis. This method has proven to reduce stress among inmate populations which leads to reduction of suicides, violence, and assaults. When these reductions occur it provides a cohesive balance for the corrections officers, thus a less stressful work day. The benefit of employee wellness and enrichment has improved with the addition of the Therapy Canine Program. We are very proud of Officer Luke and Corrections Officer Dickinson for their commitment to supporting and assisting our department and the community! For more information and questions on our Therapy Dog Program please email therapycanine@sheriff.pima.gov.

Posted by Pima County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

For the last 10 months both Officer Luke and his handler Corrections Officer Dickinson have been training with Jeremy Brown of The Complete Canine in preparation for the Canine Good Citizen and Pet Partners Therapy Dog test. According to PCSD, it is held in high regard when a therapy registration is granted from Pet Partners as their program represents the best the field of animal-assisted interventions has to offer.

With this registration, Officer Luke will be utilized in a proactive approach to inmate contact through rounds in the housing units and assisting inmates in times of crisis. This method has proven to reduce stress among inmate populations which leads to reduction of suicides, violence, and assaults. When these reductions occur it provides a cohesive balance for the corrections officers, thus a less stressful work day. The benefit of employee wellness and enrichment has improved with the addition of the Therapy Canine Program.

For more information and questions on the Therapy Dog Program please email therapycanine@sheriff.pima.gov.

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