The U.S. Capitol Police have added Lila, a black Labrador retriever, to the force to serve as a full-time emotional support dog.
An announce from the department on Facebook said, “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.” Included in the post were cute pictures of the dog.
The four-legged addition comes after officers in the department have reported low morale since the January 6 capitol riot.
USCP Officer Brian Sicknick died a day after the riot from natural causes after suffering strokes. Two other officers, one from the Capitol Police and another from the D.C. police, died by suicide days after.
According to an NPR report, around 100 officers reported injuries from that day, and have also struggled with anxiety, stress, and emotional issues following the event.
Another officer, Billy Evans, was killed in a separate incident on April 2 after a car rammed into a security barricade.
Officers are complaining they are not receiving enough support from the lawmakers they protect.
A report released by the Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs Committee, and Senate Rules Committee added that officers suffered chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones.
The committees recommended that the chief of the Capitol Police have a direct line with the National Guard. They also called for the Capitol Police Intelligence Bureau to “ensure the Bureau is adequately staffed and all agents and analysts are properly trained to receive and analyze intelligence information.”
Lila begins her emotional healing work on July 5.