BERLIN — Over 100 local children and parents gathered for story time with a special four-legged guest last week at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
“He’s the most well-known member of the department,” Berlin officer Aimee Krzykowski said of police dog Titan, during an event Tuesday.
The 10-year-old German shepherd demonstrated various commands while keeping his eyes on Krzykowski.
“He’s stopped a lot of bad things from happening,” she said.
This was the second time the library held story time with a local officer. Earlier in the month, Detective Scott Schreiner showed over 50 attendees his police cruiser.
“We’ve gotten a good response,” said Helen Malinka, the library director.
This summer will be Titan’s last on the force. In the fall he will officially retire and a new dog will be announced. Krzykowski said she recently learned she would be working with the new dog.
“He gets to just be a dog now,” she said of Titan’s retirement.
Titan has been part of the department since 2008. The department also has another dog named Bane.
Several police-themed books were displayed for patrons to take out and enjoy. By the end of the event, all the books were gone.
Titan sat patiently as children and adults came over to greet and pet him.
“We use canines a lot in the community,” Krzykowski said. “It’s a great outreach.”