The United States Capitol Police have sent a new special member to their patrollle: a 3 year old Labrador named Lila. As of June, Lila has officially served as the Strength Support Dog, an emotional comfort animal that is part of a larger effort to connect agents with resources and support services. that they may need, and not just in the wake of the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol , but also to deal with the stress and unpredictability of work. Already, officers say Lila is having a big impact. Peer dogs were something we saw happened to us after the 6th, said Jeffrey Albanese, member of the USCP first responder unit and active member of the peer support program. Having Lila here now and having our own dog. It really is just a godsend. On January 6, USCP officer Caroline Edwards held the line on the western front of the United States Capitol as hundreds of people passed through the barricades where she was standing. From there, it was hours of hand-to-hand combat that she describes as nothing less than a war zone. Edwards suffered a head trauma and, in the months that have followed, says she sometimes struggled to recover from the emotional and physical traumas of that day. Read more But Edwards - like many of his colleagues - has found that Lila is making a difference. She helped with the difficult events we had. We brought her in for Brian Sicknick 's birthday, said Edwards, referring to a deceased officer who died after fighting on the Western Front just one day after the insurgency. We brought her on call for her shift, and it helps people forget a bit.