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The West Fargo Police Department is launching a second School Resource Officer (SRO) and comfort dog team with the addition of K-9 Labby. This second comfort dog is made possible through a generous donation from Labby’s Grill and Bar and a partnership with West Fargo Public Schools.
“Labby’s Grill and Bar is honored to partner with the West Fargo Police Department to grow such an impactful program,” said John Krumm and Dan Labernik, Owners at Labby’s Grill and Bar. “We are committed to giving back to the community, and this is another great way to help our region’s youth.”
K-9 Labby is a 9-month-old Goldendoodle from the United States. K-9 Labby and her handler, SRO Dora Roll, are the second comfort dog SRO team in the City of West Fargo. K-9 Labby is a trained comfort dog and will achieve certification in the coming months.
“We have seen firsthand the positive benefits that a comfort dog has had for our residents and students,” said West Fargo Police Chief Denis Otterness. “K-9 Labby will enhance our ability to help even more students and community members struggling with mental health or other concerns.”
K-9 Labby and SRO Roll primarily serve the southside elementary schools within West Fargo Public Schools. The two SRO and comfort dog teams rotate throughout all West Fargo Public Schools when possible or requested.
“We are excited to welcome our second comfort dog to West Fargo Public Schools,” said Dr. Rachael Agre, Elementary Assistant Superintendent. “Bella and SRO Pearson have provided support in various situations throughout the district this year and have brought calm, comfort, and many smiles. Labby will be paired with SRO Roll, and we look forward to meeting her and introducing her to our learners and staff as they return in the fall.”
K-9 Labby will assist SRO Roll in her role fostering positive relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff. K-9 Labby will join K-9 Bella in their role as comfort dogs assisting students struggling with mental health, improving morale and increasing positive interactions throughout the community.
As a part of the larger Community Outreach Programs and Services Unit, the two will assist with public events and community outreach, as well as respond to traumatic and crisis response incidents. K-9 Labby will also assist in the department’s officer wellness programs and Peer Support Team.
The West Fargo Police Department will continue to work with West Fargo Public Schools to proactively address issues related to students’ allergies or fears. K-9 Labby is a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle.