The Denver Police Department’s first therapy dog was originally trained to be a guide dog, but she turned out to be too friendly to focus on helping one person.
Now the department is counting on the Black English Labrador Retriever’s outgoing nature to help it break down barriers and start conversations with people in high-crime areas and those wary of the police.
Shelby, an eager 19-month-old who will work with the downtown area’s community resource officer, Teresa Gillian, was officially sworn onto the force Thursday by Judge Renee Goble. Goble crouched down in her black robe to get on dog level for the quick ceremony as Shelby’s tail wagged.
Since arriving in Denver late last month, Shelby has already been accompanying Gillian on her work in the community, which involves visiting schools and senior residents and attending meetings and community events.
break down：片語，故障、分解、毀壞、情緒崩潰。例句：The substance is easily broken down by bacteria.（該物質很容易由細菌分解）
crouch：動詞，蹲伏、屈膝、卑躬屈膝。例句：Older children may crouch in a squatting position.（年紀大一點的孩子可以用蹲姿蹲下。）