Five Jobs for a Police Dog
by Angus MacCaull
The Bridgewater Police Department has new service dog. Davis, a German shepherd, is currently in training with his handler, Constable Morgan Gibson. The pair expect to start formal police duties in the fall.
Funding for the new dog came from a variety of local fundraisers and donations, including a substantial donation from our Bridgewater office.
Police services dogs train for a range of responsibilities:
- They search for people, like suspects—but also lost kids and confused seniors.
- They search for things, like drugs, bombs, crime scene evidence and lost property.
- They help rescue people, as in the case of an avalanche or a drowning.
- They help protect people, like VIPs at events or anyone in need in a large crowd.
- And they help humanize people, namely the police—because many of us love animals.
“He definitely is a huge community presence here,” said Constable Gibson. “We’re getting him out to meet people. He’s a super social dog.”
A Grade 3 class at Bridgewater Elementary suggested the name of the new service dog to remember Corporal Paul Davis, a local who died on active duty abroad a decade ago.
The new service dog is expected to work with the local police department for many years to come to help make Bridgewater a safe community.
You can follow Davis on Twitter @BPS_K9.