FORT WAYNE, Indiana (ADAMS) – On Monday, the Fort Wayne Police Department introduced “Tinsley” to the public.
At a press conference at Chief Stephen Reed’s office, the newest member of the force took center stage. “Tinsley” is named after Officer Davis Tinsley, who died in the line of duty in 2018.
As a member of the department’s Peer Support Team, Tinsley will contribute to the mental well-being of officers and make appearances at local events.
The 9-month-old blue hooker recently graduated from Paws and Stripes College in Brevard Co, Florida.
The FWPD posted the following on social media:
Oh Fort Wayne, so much goodness here in one post. **Long post alert￼** Today we unveiled our newest member of our police family, Tinsley 🐶. He is a 9 month old blue healer and graduated from Paws and Stripes College in Brevard Co, Florida. Brevard County inmates are the trainers of these dogs who are all rescued from a #adoptdontshop no-kill shelter. Inmates learn a valuable skill and earn the dogs’ unconditional love in the process. It’s so vital for emotional healing. We worked hard to find a program that uses the #community in a positive way and we came across this amazing program. Each of these dogs is selected by hand, after a test, for each candidate department. Tinsley took a 12 week course to learn how to be a good boy 🐶. His handler, Officer Woods, will do a lot of work with the new pup. He is happy to get to work. And by the way, Tinsley’s cost to the Brevard Co department was $0. Their costs for the program are covered by the Commissioner’s $. Tinsley is a trained therapy dog and will be used as a member of the FWPD Peer Support Team and he will tour throughout the community at events. We can’t wait for you to meet him. He is full of love and awaits delicious ear scratches. He’s a bit mischievous too. We just learned that he really likes the Honeycrisp apples that his human brings for lunch in his lunch bag. #Sneaky Tinsley is named after Officer David Tinsley who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2018. ❤️ Welcome Pup Tinsley, to the FWPD!! 🐕 🚔🇺🇸👮🏻👮🏾♀️👮♀️