10 minutes with Officer Bob: Scottsdale’s smallest crime-fighter

Follow Officer Bob on the Scottsdale Police Department's social media pages (submitted photo)

Follow Officer Bob on the Scottsdale Police Department’s social media pages (submitted photo)

If you follow the Scottsdale Police Department on social media, or have attended events throughout the city this winter, you may have noticed the department’s newest member: Officer Bob.

On Jan. 15, the Scottsdale Police Department’s Facebook page introduced their newest “honorary” police officer, an 11-month-old Chihuahua mix, rescued by one of the department’s employees.

Ever since, Officer Bob has been busy giving out safety tips at places such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Barrett Jackson Auto Auction, updating social media accounts and he even started his own hashtag — #SPDOfficerBob.

He was a hard guy to track down, but he finally agreed to do an interview with The Scottsdale Independent.

“I’m just a little dog with a big heart so all of this attention has been a little overwhelming,” said Officer Bob in our e-mail chain. “I consider myself to be humble and grounded on all four of my paws so I’m a bit uncomfortable with all of the attention I’ve been receiving.”

Read below to get to know the new officer with a big heart:

1. Officer Bob, how old are you?
I was born sometime around the middle of February 2015.  No one knows the exact date but I’m fairly certain that it’s Feb. 14, 2015.

2. When did you start with the Scottsdale PD?
I came to the station a couple of times last year, drawn by an amazing scent that I later learned is called “Donut.” I was amazed by the awesomeness of everyone I met who works here.  I “officially” started working for the Scottsdale PD in January after an extensive testing and background process. My time in the police academy was drastically reduced because there were a lot of things I couldn’t do since I don’t have thumbs.

3. As a Community Outreach Puppy, what are some of your duties?
Currently, my duties are largely focused on social media outreach; however, I have done some appearances at a few places around the city so I could meet some of the great people in our community.

I’m part of a talented team that develops and implements Community Outreach strategies for the Scottsdale Police Department’s McKellips District. My most important duty is being an active listener. Although I occasionally tilt my head to the side when people are talking to me, I’ve been told that I’m a good listener. This is probably because my ears are so big; however, my ears are not as big as my heart and desire to fight crime.

4. How did you get the job as Community Outreach Puppy?
During my station visits last year, I had some conversations with McKellips District Commander Rich Slavin about the possibility of me joining the Scottsdale PD.  During these conversations Commander Slavin complimented me on my active listening skills (FACT- I did not interrupt even once!) and educated me on the importance of active listening in the communication process.

When Commander Slavin told me that he believed I could help with the Scottsdale PD’s Community Outreach efforts, I BOL’ed (Barked Out Loud) with excitement. So he created my position, which is classified as a “volunteer” position. I’m privately owned so absolutely no taxpayer dollars are spent for my service.  Commander Slavin is smart!

5. What has been some of your favorite moments while working with the Scottsdale PD?
That’s tough — like a Kong toy. Since January, I’ve been on a gravy train with biscuit wheels so it’s really hard to pick out one or two favorite moments since I’ve been having so much fun and learning so much. I would have to say that meeting people is the favorite part of my job. I’m passionate about people and really do enjoy sharing their stories with the public.

For example, I had a chance to sit down with retired NFL Defensive Lineman Jared Allen recently. He started a foundation called Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors. He was telling me about his passion for building and remodeling homes for wounded military veterans and their families. During our conversation, he said something that really resonated with me, “Be part of something bigger than yourself.”  I think this statement is a very fitting representation of my service.

Retired NFL Defensive Lineman Jared Allen and Officer Bob (submitted photo)

Retired NFL Defensive Lineman Jared Allen and Officer Bob (submitted photo)

6. What do you like doing when you’re off duty?
Just like any other Officer when I’m off duty I enjoy kicking my paws up and spending time with my family. I also enjoy naps on the sunny side of the floor, yoga, naps, working out, naps, pawdicures, naps, pulling the stuffing out of toys, naps, watching movies, naps and hunting bugs in the yard.

7. What message do you have for the readers of the Scottsdale Independent?
I would like to just remind everyone that underneath my uniform, I am a dog with a heart, brain, and soul. The same goes for my fellow Officers, except that they are human beings.

We are a reflection of the community we serve and would not be able to do our jobs without the support and involvement that we receive from our wonderful citizens and businesses. My fellow Officers and I care deeply about the community we serve and truly appreciate the overwhelming support we receive from all of the Scottsdale Independent readers.

8. How can readers follow you and your activities online and in the city?
Readers can follow me on the Scottsdale PD’s Facebook and Twitter pages:

Funny story…  One of my fellow Officers told me that I was going to go viral. I considered this slanderous and defamatory because I’m current on all my vaccinations and licensed through Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. I also bathe regularly and do not consider myself to be hygienically deficient. After I took some deep breaths and actually listened to what the officer was saying, I realized that I had completely misunderstood what “viral” meant. Rookie mistake, my bad…  I guess viral has something to do with social media and the World Wide Webs.

9. What does the future look like for Officer Bob?
It looks really big because I’m so little. Just kidding. I really enjoy being a Community Outreach Puppy so I’m hoping to stay in this position for a while.  It takes time for Officers to really become confident and well-rounded so I’m going to continue putting one paw in front of the other while learning as much as I can. I think I have the best job in the world, because I get to meet so many great people and share their stories with the public. I’m so honored to be able to show the public the human beings that make the Scottsdale PD such a premiere organization.

10. What’s your favorite food?
Police work can be exhausting and I tend to be an emotional eater so it really just depends what kind of mood I’m in. I enjoy Eukanuba dry dog food, however, my absolute favorite is little pieces of cheese. I’m rewarded with little pieces of cheese when I sit on command.  After eating those delicious morsels of cheese I have to remind myself that I have stay in shape so I can fit in my uniform so I do a lot of cardio.  (I tried powerlifting, but it didn’t go too well)

11. Is there any additional news or information you would like to include?
I have experienced the compassion and kindness of others first-paw so I refuse to believe that there are more bad people than good people in this world. Even on really tough days when I’m hungry, tired and grumpy, I have to remember that we are all in this together so I keep pushing the pace because I know that I could be doing something to serve someone else that needs help.

Even if that help is just making someone laugh for a moment during a tough day.  Please spread the word and follow the Scottsdale Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages so I can serve and even more people.

Lastly, I would like to leave you with a quote that is a favorite of my species. “Be kind- for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato

Officer Bob at the Scottsdale Stadium keeping spectators safe (submitted photo)

Officer Bob at the Scottsdale Stadium keeping spectators safe (submitted photo)

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