The United States Capitol Police (USCP) announced that there is a new member in the Department, who is a little different from others: a two-year-old black labrador.
The pup named Lila is scheduled to start working for USCP on July 5 as a “full-time emotional support animal,” which will be a first in the force.
“We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our Department!,” said a tweet from the Capitol Police.
We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our Department!
2-year-old Lila is our first full-time emotional support black lab. Lila's first day is on July 5. pic.twitter.com/e6eX6gH77u
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) June 9, 2021
The Department has experienced a number of fatal incidents that were traumatizing for its members such as pro-Donald Trump rioters’ storming of the US Capitol on January 6, which claimed five lives, including Officer Brian Sicknick, and the killing of Officer William Evans in a car ramming attack at a Capitol checkpoint near the Halls of Congress in April.