New program matches New Smyrna officers with adoptable dogs

New Smyrna Beach police are hoping a new program will help local animals find new homes. The program, K-9 for a Day, matches officers with adoptable dogs from local shelters. It didn’t take long for New Smyrna Beach policeman Tanner Snow to fall in love with Apollo. The pilot program is the brainchild of Chief Mike Coffin who wants to show the community that the Southeast Volusia Humane Society is full of good dogs. “If we can help them and get our animals here forever, that would be awesome,” Coffin said. The new team hits the road for daily rounds that include community policing and going out among people. Apollo was a hit at a local cafe. Officer Snow introduced his K-9 partner and quickly sparked interest. Raising awareness about shelter is key. If people are not ready to adopt, they can volunteer or donate to the Humane Society. An added benefit is that the dogs are an opening for the police to engage more with the community. will also want to be more social with us,” Coffin said. with the police and implementation in the community.

New Smyrna Beach police are hoping a new program will help local animals find new homes.

The program, K-9 for a Day, matches officers with adoptable dogs from local shelters.

It didn’t take long for New Smyrna Beach policeman Tanner Snow to fall in love with Apollo.

The pilot program is the brainchild of Chief Mike Coffin who wants to show the community that the Southeast Volusia Humane Society is full of good dogs.

“If we can help them and get our animals here forever, that would be awesome,” Coffin said.

The new team hits the road for daily rounds that include community policing and going out among people.

Apollo was a hit at a local cafe. Officer Snow introduced his K-9 partner and quickly sparked interest.

Raising awareness about shelter is key. If people are not ready to adopt, they can volunteer or donate to the Humane Society.

An added benefit is that the dogs are an opening for the police to better engage with the community.

“You take a dog like Apollo and put him on a leash and take him out there and socialize with people — I think people will naturally want to be more social with us too,” Coffin said.

The department expects its officers to walk dogs once a week or once every two weeks, depending on human society and the dogs they feel are comfortable pairing up with police and put in the community.

Bette C. Alvarado