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Richmond Heights police using new K-9 to help comfort crime victims

Angel Richmond Heights K9
Posted at 5:11 PM, Sep 21, 2021

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Richmond Heights Police Department is adding "an angel" to its team.

The department is taking a special approach to community policing with help from a 6-month-old German shepherd.

Her name is Angel, and she isn't trained to bite or attack. Instead, her job is to comfort victims of crimes and anyone experiencing anxiety. Her name gives away the personality she has on the job.

“She is a softer, gentler police dog. And she's very happy all the time. And you can't make her mad. I haven't found her mad. I don't see her bark much at all,” said Lt. Denise DeBiase of the Richmond Heights police.

The department plans to train Angel to become a tracking dog, but right now she's focused on helping her meet the community's needs.

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