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Posted on: August 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Amherst Police Department’s Comfort Dog


Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce the anticipated arrival of a new comfort K9 to the ranks of the police department on September 10, 2020. The Amherst Police Comfort Dog Program was made possible by the generous donation of a comfort canine by breeders Peggi and Dave Brogan of Boonefield Labradors in New Hampshire. The Brogan’s identify puppies that possess suitable temperaments from their litters and donate them to police departments throughout New England. 

The male chocolate English Labrador Retriever will report for duty with his partner Neighborhood Liaison Officer William Laramee providing comfort and support in addition to community outreach. “It is my belief that a comfort dog is an invaluable tool for fostering positive interaction between the department and the community we serve. The canine will be integrated into established community outreach initiatives, assist with sensitive case investigations, critical incidents debriefs and provide a positive presence within the department” said Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone. “We are grateful for the generosity of Boonefield Labradors and are eager to get this new and exciting program started.” 

The Amherst Police Department is currently asking community members to participate in a naming contest for its new canine, please cast your vote through the department’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. For additional information or questions regarding this program, please contact Officer William Laramee at 

Please help us pick out the name of our new partner by clicking on the link immediately below and voting!! 

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