STERLING, Ill. (WLS) -- A police department in western Illinois just got a furry new officer and she's already the most popular member of the force.
Brinkley is a 2-month-old puppy who's not your average police K9. She's being trained as a "comfort" dog, to connect with the community during stressful times, visit schools and be a goodwill ambassador.
Brinkley will also be at the station to help calm the victims of crime and those who just need the joys that only a loving pet can bring.
"She will be a dog that you can come up and hug and that you can interact with a lot," Officer Niki Diehl said.
Brinkley will also be at Sterling Police Department for morale, to help officers dealing with burnout and tragic situations.
Newest Sterling Police Department K9 trains as comfort dog
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