A four-year-old American Labradoodle named Grady has recently joined the Buffalo Grove Police Department as a therapy dog. | Provided Photo

The Buffalo Grove Police Department announced its newest member of the department, a therapy dog named Grady, who is “eager to make positive connections” in the community.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department made the announcement on Thursday.

The department said Grady is a four-year-old American Labradoodle who is “eager to make positive connections in the community.”

The therapy dog will act as a bridge between the police department and the community it serves.

“The presence of a friendly and approachable therapy dog at public events, schools and community outreach initiatives can foster positive interactions and enhance trust between officers and residents,” police officials said.

A therapy dog also brings value within the department by comforting officers.

Grady is described as having an energetic personality and an easy disposition. “He naturally excelled in the therapy dog training and certification process,” the department said.

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Grady holds a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification and meets all program requirements set by the American Kennel Club.

Buffalo Grove Deputy Police Chief Brian Spolar personally owns Grady and will be his handler.

Grady was trained and certified as a therapy dog prior to joining the department.

“A personally-owned dog ensures a strong bond and a reliable partnership while offering a cost-effective, efficient and impactful service to officer well-being and community engagement,” police officials said.

Grady and Spolar are graduates of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Training Program and currently serve as a volunteer therapy dog team for the non-profit organization.

The pair are also a registered therapy dog team through Pet Partners where they are tested and recertified every two years.