Leesburg police department names its new K-9 officer in honor of police dispatcher

The newest K-9 pup at the Leesburg, Virginia, police department has a new name … Riley!

Police at the department asked for the community’s help in naming the pup and offered three options to choose from.



K-9 Riley is named in memory of Leesburg Police Dispatcher Sherry Riley, who passed away earlier this year.

She worked there for more than 18 years.

K-9 Riley and his handler, Officer Bobby Hall, will now work toward completing basic training.

The police department in Leesburg, Virginia, has hired a new officer.

Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Hamilton is an Associate Producer at WTOP and a graduate of the University of Maryland. She enjoys covering the intersection of arts, culture and social justice in local communities. She began as an intern with WTOP in the summer of 2021.

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