It was all smiles Thursday when Boise Police Chief Bill Bones and several BPD officers surprised Eileen Beatty's fourth-grade glass at Highlands Elementary. Bones told the kids their class was chosen out of dozens of other Boise classrooms to name the police department's new mascot dog.
The schoolchildren decided BPD's new shaggy pup—who was on hand with his handler, Officer Lance Nickerson—should be named "Scout." The department announced that Scout would soon be visiting other classrooms across Boise.
Bones said Scout isn't a traditional police dog. Rather, Bones said he will be "working with officers, meeting people and building bridges to help keep Boise a safer, more welcoming place." Bones said he got the idea for a mascot dog while walking across Eighth Street, where he notice how dogs triggered conversations and brought people together.
“This dog has a story. He’s a rescue dog. He's scrappy and a bit shaggy, but friendly and a goodhearted pup. A lot of us can relate to having a rough start or needing a second chance to make a positive difference," said Bones.
Scout will be attending special events to promote interaction between the community and BPD. Bones said Scout may act similar to a therapy dog in situations where a dog could aid in easing the distress of a crime victim or witness.
Making Thursday a bit more special was the fact that BPD treated Ms. Beatty's class to some ice cream (after lunch of course).
Chief Bill Bones and BPD officers pose with Eileen Beatty's fourth-grade class at Highlands Elementary.