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☷ West Fargo North Dakota - West Fargo Police Department launches comfort dog and School Resource Officer team 16 May 2022
West Fargo , state North Dakota ( By Press Release office)
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The West Fargo Police Department is launching a School Resource Officer ( SRO ) and comfort dog team with the addition of new K - 9 Bella . This program is possible through a donation from SCHEELS and partnership with West Fargo Public Schools .
K - 9 Bella is a 14 - month old Labrador mix from the United States . K - 9 Bella and her handler , SRO Todd Pearson , are the first comfort dog SRO team in the state of North Dakota . K - 9 Bella is a trained comfort dog and will achieve certification in the coming months .
K - 9 Bella will assist SRO Pearson in his role fostering positive relationships with students , parents , faculty and staff . With the addition of K - 9 Bella , SRO Pearson will help students struggling with anxiety and depression , improve student morale and increase overall positive interactions .
As part of the larger Community Outreach Programs and Services Unit the two will also assist with public events and community outreach , as well as respond to traumatic and crisis response incidents . K - 9 Bella will also assist in the department’s officer wellness programs , including the Peer Support Team .
The West Fargo Police Department will work with West Fargo Public Schools to proactively address issues related to students’ allergies or fears . The West Fargo Police Department would like to thank SCHEELS for their generous donation and continued support of the department’s community engagement efforts .
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