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By Emily Jackson, Vancouver Sun

Delta police department’s latest canine recruit is more likely to lick than growl.

The two-year-old male yellow Lab, the first police therapy dog in Canada, started six weeks of on-the-job training Monday, said Delta police spokeswoman Sgt. Sharlene Brooks.

Adding a dog to the department’s victim services team is a new approach to helping people in traumatic situations, Brooks said.

The four-legged therapist will offer support and reassurance for “excessively emotional” people, she said.

A dog’s presence can help children and people with disabilities calm down and communicate, Brooks added.

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