A five-year-old Labrador who was let go from her job as a guide dog has got back on her feet to become one of the first to land a new important role with the police.
River failed as a guide dog after being unable to curb her love of chasing squirrels, despite multiple warnings to leave the bushy-tailed teasers alone.
After overcoming the disappointment, her strong CV which includes a kind and calm nature (squirrels aside) made her the perfect candidate for a pilot project at Maidstone police station.
River is now responsible for helping to keep vulnerable arrested people calm when they are brought into custody, including juveniles and people with anxiety, depression and mental illness.
The good doggo was tested and became accredited as a therapy dog by the 'Pets as Therapy' organisation in 2016, before spending time helping children in a special educational needs school.
She made such a difference that the school decided to purchase their own therapy dog and River was given the time to find a new challenge.
Kent Police then spotted her potential and River was tested to ensure she had the temperament and resilience to deal with the unpredictable environment.
None of the tests included squirrel distractions and she passed with flying colours, before beginning in her new role supporting people in custody at the beginning of December.
The force has procedures in place to ensure River remains safe, including having a handler always watching over her, access to water and food, and regular breaks.
Sergeant Ian Sutton of Kent Police is coordinating the custody canine initiative.
He said: "We are often dealing with people in crisis and although their behaviour has resulted in arrest, they could be suffering with depression, anxiety or mental illness.
"Young people may find themselves in custody too and in some cases they are scared and daunted by the experience, whilst others may have difficulty in communicating.
"Being detained can exacerbate these issues and we are committed to ensure that police custody is a safe and supportive environment for both police, staff and detainees.
"River has joined the team to offer emotional support to people who are experiencing difficulties - she provides a therapeutic benefit to those in crisis and helps to counter some of the negative behaviour we sometimes experience in custody.
"Since beginning work with us she has had a notable positive impact on those she has spent time and the atmosphere in custody improves when she is on shift.
"This allows staff and officers to use their time more effectively rather than diffusing situations."
You're doing great, River.