TOTTORI--A pair of cute little fuzzballs pinned on badges and found out what it is like to become law enforcers.
In an effort to strengthen public relations, the Tottori prefectural police appointed two female toy poodles as honorary dispatch section chiefs on Jan. 10, Dial 110 Day. The number 110 is a hotline to contact the police in case of emergency in Japan.
One-year-old Karin and 2-year-old Fuga were officially commissioned as police dogs on Jan. 1.
The furry pair looked sharp as they showed up wearing pint-sized uniforms with emblems and an insignias of the superintendent rank, handmade by dispatch room officials.
In the dispatch room, Karin and Fuga watched over elderly residents listening to a lecture on Dial 110. The residents were instructed on street safety and fraud prevention targeting elderly people.
Makoto Miyamoto, 30, who trained Fuga and Karin, was happy about the debut of his former canine pupils.
“The role of police dogs is not limited to searching criminals and missing people,” Miyamoto said. “I hope the participation of Fuga and Karin in the police department will contribute to improved public relations.”
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