LPS and ACSO Extend Partnership with Zeke

There’s a new therapy dog in Littleton Public Schools!

Meet Zeke, younger brother to therapy dog Rex, who works with SRO Deputy John Gray in some LPS schools. “The program we implemented a year ago with Rex at Littleton Public Schools has proven to be a huge success and we’re so proud of the partnership we created with the LPS school district,” said Sheriff Tyler Brown. Because of this success, the program is expanding!

Zeke is a four-month-old black labrador retriever and is the newest member of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, as he was sworn in today! Zeke will be working with SRO Deputy Travis Jones at Newton Middle School. Their mission will be to work with all students towards creating a “pawsitive” environment, and they will also provide comfort to students in crisis or in times of stress and help students who suffer from anxiety or depression.

Zeke has a long way to go, though, and will train for the next year in basic obedience and attend the American Kennel Club good citizen and intensive class to become a fully-fledged therapy dog.

Deputy Jones teaches classes on internet safety, social media, peer pressure, bullying, interpersonal conflict, and the dangers of drugs.

“I have no doubt the kids at Newton will love Zeke and he’ll touch lives in a very positive way,” said Sheriff Brown.

Check out the media release from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Zeke has already made the local news–you can see him on several outlets (The Denver Channel, Denver Gazette, 9News, KDVR)!

Here are some photos from Zeke's swearing in ceremony: