Upland Police Swear in Their Newest Officer–a Pit Bull Mix Named Halo

David Bjorkgren
Halo relaxes at a park across from the Upland police station. Image via Jessica Griffin, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

As a rescue dog, Halo has some quirks that didn’t make a great first impression.

Now the 6-year-old pit bull mix has been adopted by the Upland Police Department and officially sworn in as an Upland police officer, the first in the department’s history, writes Stephanie Farr for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A swearing-in ceremony with District Judge Georgia Stone took place before the police department and borough council on June 14.

Upland Borough Police Lt. Mickey Curran initially spotted her on Facebook. Halo moved into the Upland police station in March 2019.

“I thought it’d be good for morale, especially when you come back from a tough situation, like a domestic violence case or a car crash, she’s there to greet you with her tail wagging. It makes the day a little easier.”

Halo is a community police officer, attending events and greeting police station visitors.

The officers initially paid for her care out of their own pockets.

But since word got out, donations of food and care have poured in.

Officer Curran has created an Instagram account for Halo as she visits local schools and hospitals, or, cheers on her department’s softball team.

Read more about Halo here.

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