Rescue pup becomes Atlanta Police's first emotional support dog

The Atlanta Police Department has a new addition that doesn't look like your typical officer.

Scout is the department's first emotional support dog.

The 2-year-old Tennessee Mountain Cur mix is part of the APD's new PAWS program, which stands for police animal wellness support.

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Officials say Scout is meant to be a calming presence for officers and civilians - helping to elevate moods, relieve stress, and lessen anxiety.

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Scout was chosen for her new role through the Atlanta Humane Society.

And you may notice instead of reading "Do not pet" her harness and vest say "Please pet." 

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