CHELMSFORD — Chief James M. Spinney and the Chelmsford Police Department would like to introduce their newest colleague, Officer Ozzie, an 11-week-old golden retriever who will soon begin training to serve as a community resource dog.
Ozzie’s name was revealed Monday morning live on Boston25 news, after police went through approximately 4,000 name suggestions that were submitted when police challenged students to suggest names.
To view the unveiling, click here.
Parker Middle School won the station’s “My School Rules” contest last year, and shared some of the $5,000 prize to help fund the community resource dog program.
“When not in training, (Officer Sullivan and Officer Ozzie) will be here at Parker interacting with students and helping to create a fun, calm, and supportive atmosphere every day,” said Parker Middle School Principal Jeffrey Parks. “And they will also be working in town and at other schools because Ozzie is a community resource dog. The entire community will benefit from having Ozzie here in Chelmsford.”
Officer Ozzie and Officer Sullivan will receive training from Golden Opportunities for Independence in Walpole. They will attend additional training during the next several months to get to know one another a little better and learn more about working together.
Training will include a puppy aptitude test, canine good citizen test, public access test, as well as a search and rescue certification course.
Officer Ozzie and Officer Sullivan will attend community events, visit students, and provide a calming and supportive influence on those in the community who face trauma or other emotional crises.
“It was great to see the joy on the faces of students and staff this morning as Officer Ozzie was introduced. Officer Sullivan and Officer Ozzie will be a tremendous team when it comes to supporting Chelmsford students and community members,” said Chief Spinney. “I want to thank everyone at the Parker Middle School for their enthusiasm and support.”