Comfort K-9

Officer Kelli and Comfort Canine Lexi sitting on a stoop

The UMB Police Department (UMBPD) becomes the third university police department in the nation with a comfort dog program.

The UMBPD is proud to welcome its new four-legged recruit, Lexi, to the team.

Schedule a visit to have UMBPD's very own Comfort K-9 attend your event!

Lexi the Comfort K9 lining up for a portrait

Comfort K-9 Dog Lexi’s Journey to Baltimore

By Pfc. Kelli Blackwell

Lexi was born in Brevard County, Fla. On Feb. 16, 2019, Lexi’s owner surrendered her to Brevard County’s animal shelter when she was 6 months old. Brevard County is unique in that its sheriff’s office runs its animal shelter. At the shelter, the deputies noticed that Lexi was a very lovable and mild-tempered puppy and thought she would be a good fit for their therapy dog program.

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Officer Kelli and Comfort K9 Lexi posing for a portrait

Pfc. Kelli Blackwell’s Biography

I grew up in a police household. My father was an officer with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) police department for 27 years, so being a “daddy’s girl,” I grew up wanting to be just like my dad. At a very early age, I had it in my mind that I would be a police officer or a teacher. After graduating high school, I went to Towson University to study elementary education. College was not what I expected it to be, so after my first year I decided to take time off from school and work full time.

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Kelli and Lexi in the News


Lexi Is Here! UMB Police Department Welcomes Comfort Dog

You’ll likely see the department’s first resident comfort dog around campus soon, as UMBPD joins only two other university police departments in the nation with a K-9 comfort dog program.


New Paw-lice Officer to Join UMBPD in June


May 09, 2019

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (UMBPD) is getting ready to welcome a new four-legged officer to the team. In June, the department will debut its first resident comfort dog, joining the ranks of only two other university police departments in the nation.