RANDOLPH – Randolph Central School has a new resource officer, however, this first responders walks on four legs instead of two.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office introduced Silas, the department’s newest canine, on Thursday.
The 14-month-old Labrador Retriever began working with Deputy Luce at Randolph Central School back in December.
Deputy Luce and K-9 Silas attended the Paws and Stripes College at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Cocoa, Florida, where they completed their training.
The furry first responder is a certified therapy dog, working to reduce anxiety during stressful events, de-escalate tense situations and open avenues for communication with people in crisis.
Additionally, the department hopes to deploy Silas to help respond to acts of violence against children, serious accidents and providing emotional support or anxiety reduction for first responders.
The department thanks Randolph Central School for allowing the K-9 into the district, the Randolph Veterinary Clinic for vet services and Purina for providing food for the pup.