Comfort K-9

 Comfort K9 Lexi

The UMB Police Department (UMBPD) is the third university police department in the nation with a comfort K-9 program. Officer Lexi joined the UMBPD in June 2019.

Comfort K9 Lexi and Cpl. JR Jones

What is a comfort K-9?

A comfort K-9, sometimes called a therapy dog, is trained to provide stress relief and affection to people dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, or mental illness. Comfort K-9s can work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, disaster areas, and more. 

As a police comfort K-9, Lexi, and her handler, Cpl. J.R. Jones, visit UMB community members and neighbors. Lexi visits students experiencing exam stress, faculty and staff who need a break, and those who are coping with tragedy or trauma, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member of the Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST), Lexi also helps to build positive relationships with communities who may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with police officers.

Learn More About Lexi