Miranda – Winter Haven Police Therapy Dog
The Winter Haven Police Department announces a new member to the Department – Miranda the first Therapy Dog for the agency and actually first in law enforcement in Polk County!
Miranda is a 15 month-old Yellow Labrador that was donated by Mediation and Counseling Consultants in Winter Haven. Owner Kathy Leggett has worked with the City of Winter Haven and the Police Department in various capacities and thought this was a perfect opportunity to give back.
“We have seen a growing trend in therapy dogs becoming more popular in the law enforcement realm and the timing was perfect for Miranda to come on board,” said Public Safety Director and Police Chief Charlie Bird.
Miranda, who is now certified as a therapy dog will be available for not only victims but department members who face tough cases. Chief Bird went on to say, “Officers are human beings and sometimes the scenes they are exposed to can pay an emotional toll. Miranda won’t erase the incident, but she can certainly help with a smile and give that well-needed diversion for a few minutes.” The Department is committed to the emotional well-being of its members and Miranda is just one tool now being used to help officers deal with difficult scenarios.
Victims of crimes, especially violent crimes, will find Miranda as a calming diversion to help relax and divert some of the pain, which can actually assist with interviews. Traumatic events are tough to speak about, but Miranda will help bring the calm to give the victims comfort as they talk about their ordeal.