New approach to deescalation

The newest member of the Franklin, Massachusetts PD recently deescalated a tense situation involving a distraught student at a local school, as reported here. An officer and a teacher couldn’t calm the student, but upon the arrival of Ben, the department’s 5-month old therapy puppy, the youngster “looked at the officer and snapped out of it. He said ‘Can I pet him?’ and the officer said ‘Yes, if you’re good.’” Ben, whose grandfather won a title at the Westminster Dog Show, is one of only a few police therapy dogs in the state, but “the idea of a dog solely focused on community outreach is picking up steam.”

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