ASHWAUBENON, Wisc., (WFRV) – A partnership between the school district and public safety department will help ensure school safety and help students feel better about themselves and police.
On Thursday, the Ashwaubenon School District and Ashwaubenon Department of Public Safety announced they will be expanding the K-9 and school resource officer program inside schools.
That will include K-9 units in the school.
It’s believed having dogs interact with students will help those students having a rough time processing their emotions.
“It gives you an opportunity to approach that student in a non-judgement, non-verbal way,” explained Officer Jeff Evers. “To be able to segue into a conversation with that student to determine what is going on with that student that day.”
The program was made possible by the Schneider Foundation, The Brown County Crime Prevention Foundation and LaForce Incorporated.
The Bark and Blue Foundation helped coordinate the effort and presented the check to make the facility K-9 possible.
The dog is now in training and could be working in the schools as soon as November.
The district says they are taking into account any dog allergies that students might have or general fear of being around an animal.
They are convinced that this will be an excellent ice breaker.
The K-9 in the schools is not for law enforcement.
As Officer Evers put it, “her sole job will be to be loved on.”