New pup on the block

There was no red carpet, so Safety Pup revealed his post-makeover look on the painted asphalt behind the Westlake police station. The Westlake Police Department's community outreach mascot strolled the streets of Safety Town on July 11 in his first public appearance since undergoing a complete transformation.

Gone is the beat-up, decades-old costume, replaced by a state-of-the-art model. Thanks to a grant from the Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 in Westlake, auxiliary officer Rick Grane was able to update the popular pooch.

In addition to Safety Town graduation ceremonies, Safety Pup appears in parades and special events to entertain young children while reinforcing safety rules and drug education.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:38 AM, 07.22.2014