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EWU Police welcome emotional support dog

EWU Police welcome emotional support dog

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University police have a new furry friend on campus, and this pup has a very important job: helping victims of crime.

In August, campus police got Hilani. Her job is to offer emotional support to victims of sexual assault or trauma, and she can be taken to hospital visits, court procedures, even police interviews.

EWU Police say the dog helps increase communication and trust between police and students.

Officers say as soon as victims see her, they become more relaxed, making it easier for officers to do interviews.

"She just calms them down," said Officer Tiffinni Archie, "and it helps a lot with the officers because if we have victims that are too stressed out to even speak sometimes, we don't get to get our investigation going as fast as we could to put the suspect away."

Eastern says it is the only university in Washington with an emotional support dog.