Saturday, May 18th, 2024

#2: Brooks, the Trauma Dog

Our penultimate story of the year is all about Brooks, the K-9 trauma dog of the MUPD.

Coming in at #2, the Millersville University Police Department welcomed a new officer this year: K-9 Brooks, who was sworn in at a ceremony in September!

The Honorable Jodie Richardson at the swearing in ceremony for Ivan Gonzalez and Steven Newman as police officers and Brooks as Police Trauma K-9.

As a trauma dog, Brooks is trained to help those who need emotional support directly after a traumatic event to reduce stress and anxiety, by demonstrating affection while exercising restraint. Trauma dogs also provide comfort to officers, who often handle dangerous and traumatic situations.

Brooks is a popular pup on campus – tons of students came out to his first birthday party in October, where Brooks got to meet new people and play with his handler, Officer Ivan Gonzales.

The MUPD currently has an ongoing campaign to raise money and support Brooks. These donations are used solely to help toward Brooks’ care, including grooming, food, training and modifications to police vehicles to assure safety for Brooks. For more information on how you can support Brooks during his time at Millersville, click here.

You can also keep up with Brooks’ adventures on his Instagram page!

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