The Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) therapy dog program is currently in its inaugural year, with the recent welcoming of two Labrador retrievers.
Grace, a yellow Labrador retriever, joined the department just before the Fall 2022 semester. Her handler, Detective Lt. David Kokinda, understands the stress and trauma some students might experience when interacting with police. The ability to have Grace support students in this situation is what interested Det. Kokinda in being a therapy dog handler for LUPD.
The second therapy dog, Scout, joined the department at the end of December 2022. Assigned to Officer Stephen Romanic, Scout will accompany him while on patrol, as well as to other assigned duties.
Interesting in having Grace and/or Scout attend your organization's event? Looking to arrange a visit to see Grace and/or Scout? Complete the form below. All requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.