HANFORD, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Hanford Police Department added two new furry recruits to their ranks on Friday.

Hanford Police officers are welcoming two facility dogs to their department: BeBe, a three-month-old Labradoodle and Penny, a five-month-old Goldendoodle. They are to help department employees cope with challenging and emotional situations, including the aftermath of a major incident.

“To say that modern-day policing is a stressful line of work is an understatement,” said
Hanford Police Chief Parker Sever. “The addition of BeBe and Penny is a huge benefit for
the morale and mental health of our sworn and non-sworn employees, and we can’t wait to
introduce them to Hanford residents.”

Hanford Police Dept. welcomes two cute facility dogs

Department officials say the two dogs are being trained by Macarena Etcheberry, director of the local nonprofit Hands and Paws Prevail. Training will be once a week for about two years. Eventually, the two dogs will attend community events.

Hanford Police Dept. welcomes two cute facility dogs

Hanford Police dispatcher supervisor Liliana McFarland and office assistant Michel Orneals volunteered to be the dog’s owners and handlers.

The purchase and training of BeBe and Penny are possible by donations from FAST Credit Union and Hanford resident Billie Blackwell.