Vinn is the Delaware Judiciary's new comfort dog. (Delaware Judiciary photo)

Comfort dog joins Delaware Judiciary staff

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Vinn is the Delaware Judiciary's new comfort dog. (Delaware Judiciary photo)

Vinn is the Delaware Judiciary’s new comfort dog. (Delaware Judiciary photo)

A comfort dog has joined the staff of the Delaware courts system.

“The courthouse does not have to be a scary place,” said Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. “We believe the services of Officer Vinn will help make the Justice Center more welcoming, or at least not as stressful, particularly for children involved in court proceedings.”

Vinn is a “facility” dog, assigned to work in the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington. His hiring is a joint effort of the Delaware Judiciary and the Delaware Capitol Police.

He was inspired by Nikko, the New Castle County Police Department comfort dog, who visits schools and otherwise helps police.

“Vinn is a highly trained K-9 that loves interaction with people,” said Delaware Capitol Police Chief Michael F. Hertzfeld, who created the pilot program. “He has a natural personality and demeanor that is different from our other working dogs at the courthouse.”

Vinn has been trained to help those dealing with anxiety in a courtroom or courthouse setting and will be available on request and as-needed basis. Sr. Cpl. Donna DiClemente is his handler.


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