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Help Norfolk Get a Community Resource Dog

By Grace Allen
Fundraising efforts are underway to help the Norfolk Police Department get a community resource dog. The department announced the dog will be assigned to Norfolk School Resource Officer Joe Choiniere but will also spend time out and about in the community.
Community resource dogs serve as a bridge between police departments and the public. They can serve as a social ice breaker, offer comfort during stressful times, and help de-escalate tense situations.
The dog will be bred and trained by Golden Opportunities for Independence in Walpole, a non-profit that pairs service and therapy dogs with individuals, and more recently with area police departments as community resource dogs.
The Norfolk District Attorney’s office has pledged $5,000 towards the cost of the dog, which will be upwards of $20,000.
Other area towns with community resource dogs include Franklin, Sharon, and Wrentham.
To make a donation towards the purchase of the dog, visit