While her bosses say she’s been successful this past year, Harley doesn’t like to brag about her work. During her party she often found a table or chair to hide under. But her calm nature is what makes her perfect for her job.
Labbe said officers can’t always rely on skill and training in these types of cases, and a therapy dog can make victims, and also suspects, feel more open to speak. Children who have never interacted with dogs before after meeting Harley say they want one, and want to name the dog Harley, he said.
Harley trained at Paws and Stripes College at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. A Boynton was the first municipality in the state to have one. Over the past year, eight law enforcement agencies from across the country have replicated the therapy-dog program, according to a news release.