Officer Katie and Bear
On March 26th 2019, the Brookline Police Department introduced its newest member of the police department, Bear. Bear is a three year old Golden Retriever that has taken on the role of the Community Resource Dog. He comes to the department from Golden Opportunities for Independence in Walpole. Bear's role in the department includes providing positive interactions with members of our community, as well as, to reduce anxiety and to provide comfort for people in times of crisis.
Bear and his handler Officer McCabe also provide the aid and comfort to individuals, groups, and communities impacted by violence, tragedy or traumatic events. Bear spends his time helping within the schools and in the community as well. He has assisted with students at the High School before big tests such as the SAT, MCAS, and final exams. Bear has a calming effect on students who may have anxiety around these big tests. From walks in Brookline Village to daycare and school visits, Bear has become an instant celebrity within town. You can even find him on social media!
Bear is also scent trained and continues training for search and rescue to be able to assist in finding missing persons.
Golden Opportunities for Independence continues to partner with local communities and has placed Community Resource Dogs with the Walpole Police Department (Rebel), Sharon Police Department (Flutie), Needham Police Department (Rocket), Wrentham Police Department (Cruiser), Dedham Police Department (Ruby), Weymouth Police Department (Charlee), Wellesley Police Department (Winnie), and the North Andover Police Department (Gibbs).