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Koda the Boxer: Keizer Police Department's Canine Comfort Officer

Meet Koda, a rescued Boxer who brings comfort to the Keizer Police Department. From providing support to officers to brightening community events, Koda embodies unconditional love and compassion.

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Koda the Boxer: Keizer Police Department's Canine Comfort Officer

Koda the Boxer: Keizer Police Department's Canine Comfort Officer

Meet Koda, the Boxer Bringing Comfort to the Keizer Police Department

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In the bustling heart of Keizer, Oregon, a new furry recruit is making waves in the local police department. Koda, a two-year-old female Boxer, is not your typical K-9 officer. Her mission? To provide comfort, support, and a touch of warmth to those who need it most.

From Rescue to Rescuer

Koda's journey to the Keizer Police Department began with the Northwest Boxer Rescue, a dedicated organization committed to finding loving homes for Boxers in need. When they learned of the department's search for a comfort K-9, they knew Koda was the perfect candidate. Her gentle demeanor and innate empathy made her an ideal fit for the role.

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Lt. Chris Nelson, a seasoned officer with a passion for animals, will be Koda's handler. When asked about his new partner, Lt. Nelson shared, "Koda has a natural ability to sense when someone needs comfort. She's going to make a huge difference in our department and our community."

A Day in the Life of a Comfort K-9

While traditional K-9 officers are trained for tasks like search and rescue or narcotics detection, Koda's duties are of a different nature. She will be there to comfort officers after stressful situations, bring solace to victims of crime, and be a friendly face at community outreach events.

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When Koda is off-duty, she'll be spending her time at Lt. Nelson's home, where she'll enjoy the love and care of a dedicated family. "My kids are thrilled to have Koda as part of our family," said Lt. Nelson. "They understand the important work she's doing and are proud to support her."

A Pawsome Swearing-In Ceremony

The Keizer community is invited to witness Koda's official swearing-in ceremony at the Keizer City Council meeting on February 20th at 7 p.m. It's a momentous occasion not only for Koda and the police department but for the entire city.

As Koda embarks on her new career, she represents a growing trend in law enforcement: the recognition of the powerful impact comfort animals can have on officers and the communities they serve. In a world that can sometimes feel overwhelming, Koda's presence serves as a reminder of the healing power of compassion and unconditional love.

So, the next time you see Koda out and about in Keizer, be sure to give her a warm welcome. Whether she's providing comfort to an officer in need or bringing a smile to a child's face at a community event, Koda is truly a four-legged force for good.

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