In June 2023, the Campton Police Department welcomed the addition of K9 Miller, a four-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever who is a certified Police Comfort Dog. K9 Miller is partnered with Detective Kristin Tracy, and the team has worked together for four years with the Franklin, NH Police Department and were the second police comfort dog team in the State of New Hampshire. Now there are currently 20 police comfort dog teams throughout the State.
K9 Miller is a valuable asset that can be used for building rapport and decreasing anxiety and stress during interviews with victims who may have experienced crisis or trauma and first responders who have experienced critical incidents. Comfort Dogs embody the kind of community policing that can improve trust and build connections between residents and law enforcement. Comfort dogs are specially trained to not only provide comfort, but also to be stable in unusual experiences such as riding in cruisers, large yelling crowds, and tense situations. These comfort dogs have a therapeutic role and can de-escalate stressful situations while providing unconditional love and support to people on some of their hardest days.
K9 Miller has received certifications in Obedience Training (Levels 1, 2 & 3), Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate, Therapy Certificate (Alliance of Therapy Dogs), and certification through the Brevard County, Florida Law Enforcement Investigative Comfort Dog Course.