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Published on May 20, 2024
Meet Burton, the New Comfort Canine Sworn in at Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to Aid in Community OutreachSource: X / Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office

In a heartwarming addition to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, a long-haired German Shepherd named "Burton" has officially joined the ranks as a comfort dog, with the swear-in ceremony held on Monday morning. The office now boasts an adorable, furry team member to help soothe anxious nerves during tough times.

According to KATU, Burton, a 3-year-old provided by Working Dogs Oregon, will alongside his handler, Deputy Kerri Oman, respond to calls across the county. His primary role will be to "comfort people," relieving stress and anxiety not just for families and community members in need but also supporting first responders.

Sworn in by Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell, Burton's presence aims to extend the reach of the law enforcement agency's compassionate arm. His duties are not strictly for the dire moments, but also to offer the warmth of his companionship at various community events, fostering a more approachable image of the sheriff's office.

As KPTV noted in their coverage, one of Burton's key roles will be at these events, encouraging dialogue with deputies helping to break down barriers. The addition of Burton is a strategic move to not only provide solace where needed but to also facilitate a connection between the law enforcement and the community it serves.