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Meet Pawfficer Howie on Instagram

Pawfficer Howie, the officer wellness and community service dog for the Oak Park Police Department, has a social media presence on Instagram that showcases the important role he plays in the department and the community. Residents who follow @pawfficer_howie will get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the therapeutic service dog and receive public safety information from the Police Department through the voice of Howie. The 2-year-old Labrador/St. John’s Water dog has undergone more than 1,250 hours of service training to assist with officer wellness, help comfort victims following traumatic incidents and increase community engagement at public events. Howie resides at the Police Department and a rotation of trained employees are responsible for his care. Pawfficer Howie can be reached at or through his Instagram account @pawfficer_howie at In addition to Pawfficer Howie’s Instagram account, the Police Department also manages Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information about the Oak Park Police Department, visit or email