A new extra hairy officer will soon join the Bellevue Nebraska Police force. A dog, that is. His name is “Pawfficer Mo,” honoring a fallen Colorado State trooper, Will Moden.
The adorable Goldendoodle puppy will eventually become a certified therapy dog. He’ll be there to offer emotional support to officers and citizens during emergencies, community outreach events, and more. It’s hard to think of a sweeter dedication to a beloved late officer.
How Mo Got His Job And Name
Midwest Puppy, LLC, ‘Doodle breeders in Nebraska, donated Mo to the department, and the local Walmart covered his training and puppy-related expenses. His work with the police department will really help the community.
Officer Ashley Meyers of the Bellevue police explained Mo’s duties:
“He’s going to be going to schools when he’s certified, and hopefully getting kids to open up and talk. And, we’re also planning on having the detectives use him for interviews with victims.”
Goldendoodles, Golden Retriever/Poodle mixes, have some of the best traits of both dogs. With their friendly and agreeable personalities and curly fluff, they make excellent therapy dogs. I mean, I feel better just looking at his little face.
Officer Meyers told WOWT news little Mo is already living up to his namesake, her friend Will Moden.
“I was a Colorado State Trooper before I came here and my friend Will Moden passed away on June 14, 2019. He was struck by a vehicle while investigating a crash. Will was a larger than life kind of person, he loved helping people and he really loved his job.”
Thriving From Day One
New to the department, Mo naturally crushed it from his first day. Sgt. John McDaniel noted how much joy the little dog brings to everyone at work:
“He’s pretty awesome, pretty awesome. It gives officers a mental break from the stress of our day-to-day operations, so he’s a welcome addition.”
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Of course, he still needs to go through training to become an official therapy dog, but it seems like he certainly has what it takes. When asked where Mo will be living, the Police Department responded:
“Mo will live the farm/family dog life when he’s off duty. He joins 2 doggy brothers, 2 human sisters, horses, chickens, and some barn kitties. Mo has really liked Barbara the Chicken, playing with his sisters, and is settling into his new life wonderfully!”
I’ll bet Officer Moden would be pleased to see this new addition to the force.