WALPOLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Four adorable puppies went home with their police handlers from four different departments Friday, part of a grant program offered by the Norfolk District Attorney's office.
A send-off ceremony was held for the four Golden Retrievers Friday at Golden Opportunities for Independence training center in Walpole, before they went home with handlers from the Wrentham, Needham, Weymouth, and Dedham Police Departments.
The pups were trained to be community resource dogs for the departments. They will also interact with students along with their school resource officer handlers.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said the K9s will serve an important role in their communities.
"With criminal justice reform going on, there's a whole measure to try to de-escalate situations, to deal with problems in different and unique ways," Morrissey said. "This is a different and unique way. We think we're at the front end of what's going on and should be going on in the country."
There are contests in the four communities to name the dogs.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports