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Watch now: Remedy canine to affix UNL Police this month | Native


The College of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Division will quickly be getting a four-legged buddy that is completely different from a conventional police canine.

An 18-month-old labradoodle remedy canine named Hershey will quickly be a graduate of Domesti-PUPS, a corporation that gives remedy canines, service canines for individuals with disabilities and obedience-trained rescue canines.



New pupil enrollment chief Gabrielle Modica provides Hershey a final little bit of consideration outdoors the Cather Eating Heart earlier than main college students on a campus tour.



The group is getting ready Hershey by means of coaching and testing earlier than UNLPD will undertake him.

In partnership with the Nebraska Division of Correctional Providers, Hershey and different pups obtain a few of their coaching from inmates, whereas additionally receiving coaching from skilled handlers locally.

Though Hershey will not be becoming a member of the division till mid-July, he is already made a number of appearances on campus.

Sara Haake, UNLPD’s dispatch director, believes having Hershey on the pressure might be an awesome group outreach alternative and assist bridge limitations.

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“It’s about constructing partnerships with younger adults which might be going by means of our campus, our guests and our employees and school,” Haake mentioned.

As soon as adopted, Hershey’s handler might be a civilian member of the police division who will take him round each Metropolis Campus and East Campus for numerous tasks, together with:

* On a regular basis interactions with employees, school, college students and guests.

* Offering assist for all UNLPD members.

* Offering consolation and assist for victims of crime throughout interviews.

* Offering alternatives to bridge communication limitations.

* Offering alternatives to start out conversations with events that in any other case could have averted personnel in uniform.

* Permitting UNLPD members to attach with the bigger group in a constructive and casual method.

In line with Haake, Hershey’s adoption course of has taken longer than anticipated due to his coaching and funding.

“As a public establishment, we do not use finances funds for one thing like this. So the flexibility for us to deliver Hershey into our division is absolutely primarily based on the generosity and assist of our stakeholders and group,” Haake mentioned.

So as to deliver Hershey into the division, UNLPD created a monthlong fundraiser in search of to boost $8,000.

The fundraiser will assist offset the $5,175 price of buying Hershey and one yr of primary necessities comparable to meals, leashes, a mattress and a crate.


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