Earlier this month, the Bristol Police Department swore in a new member of its police dog team, a 12-week-old pup named Brody. It was a celebratory occasion, but no one tell Brody that. The lazy little thing slept through his entire swearing-in ceremony and missed all the action.
- This police puppy has earned his nap. As Officer Keith Medeiros told The Dodo, “He plays really hard and he sleeps really hard. When he’s not playing, he’s sleeping, which is kind of tough because he sleeps a lot.” Well, that explains a lot!
- Brody isn’t your typical member of the force. While the Bristol Police Department was considering bringing in a dog to sniff out illegal substances, but then Medeiros, who is actually a school resource officer, thought a therapy dog would be better. Brody is the lucky puppy who got the job — when he’s not sleeping, that is!
- He hasn’t had much time on the job, to be fair. Brody only joined the police force in March, just before schools shut down due to the global health crisis. That means he hasn’t had much face-to-face time with the students, which has made things a little difficult. “You want him to be exposed to as many people as possible,” Medeiros said. “And I try to do that while practicing social distancing.”
- That being said, Brody couldn’t have come at a better time. This adorable little creature may not have gotten to spend much time in schools, senior homes, libraries, or other events where he could provide comfort to those in need, but he’s doing great things for the other officers at the Bristol Police Department. “People are really stressed, especially in law enforcement. Just by walking in the police department with Brody, people immediately smile, they immediately get into a better place,” Medeiros explained. “They want to pet him, want to hug him and it’s just a really good thing.”
- If you’d like to follow this sleeping police puppy’s progress, you can follow him on Instagram. He has his own account that’s updated regularly and you can follow him @bpdk9brody.