In about two months, a new member will be joining the City of Marion’s Police Department. He or she won’t necessarily wear a badge, but will come with a leash and paws. The Marion Police Department had put in new directive called the K-9 Cares Community Therapy Dog program. The program is intended to bring comfort to victims, witnesses, and officers who go through a traumatic incident. This idea reignited after some training at a Crisis Intervention conference this May, where a presentation focused on a K-9 therapy dog and its handler. The Marion Police department believes there could be benefits to having a therapy dog such as getting to better know residents. Officials say one of the biggest (facets) is community engagement and there is already a good relationship there, but they want to build on that relationship and make it stronger. Others include addressing mental health issues and being there for traumatic situations. This is free service to our nation’s law enforcement, but the Marion Police department still needs assistance for this K-9 cares therapy program, which will rely solely on donations and no tax payer funding. Donations will be used for vet care, dog food, installing a cage in the patrol car so the dog can be transported to different calls within the city, and expanding the program in the future. People who want to give, monetary donations can be made at the Marion Police Department or City Hall. For checks, put K-9 Cares Program in the memo.