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Parkview Medical Center Increases Public Safety with New Addition

A drug-sniffing labrador retriever named River now joins the hospital’s security.

Liked by Parkview staff, the friendly black lab patrols the hospital’s North Side campus with his handler, Parkview security officer Arlene Workman, to detect marijuana, illegal narcotics and contraband. It’s important. There are as many as 30 drug and/or contraband incidents in a given month.

“The issue of people outside of the hospital bringing in illicit narcotics into the hospital creates a safety issue for our staff and our visitors,” Parkview public relations specialist Jeff Tucker said. “And it’s disruptive to the healing process of our patients.”

River is trained to simply sit when he sniffs out something that shouldn’t be there, allowing the security staff to handle the rest.  The Parkview Foundation funded River’s training through an $18,500 grant.

In a sense, this dog is the hospital’s best friend.

Source: Pueblo Chieftain (subscription may be required).

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