The United States Capitol Police have added a four-legged officer to their department.
Two-year-old Lila, a black Labrador, will be the department’s full-time emotional support animal.
“We are delighted to welcome the new member to our department! The ministry said in its announcement.
Lila joined the force several months after the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. The chaos of that day left more than 100 police officers injured.
Officers said they suffered from stress, anxiety and other emotional issues as a result of the insurgency. They also complained about not having enough support from the ministry – as well as the lawmakers they protect.
USCP officer Brian Sicknick died the day after January 6 of natural causes after suffering a stroke. Two other officers, one from the Capitol Police and another from the Washington Police Force, committed suicide days later.
Lila’s first day on the job is July 5th.
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