Meet “Bear,” the Contra Costa County District Attorney facility dog! Bear joined us in August 2019 as a placement from Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that trains assistance dogs at no-cost to the recipient. Bear helps victims of crime during all aspects of a criminal case, especially children. Bear was bred for optimal temperament to work with children and adults in courtrooms, public settings, and in facilities where stress levels are high.
Assistant Inspector Janet Era is Bear’s handler and has undergone extensive training to receive a placement. Bear was paired with Assistant Inspector Era based on their interactions and synergy during training.
“The handler doesn’t pick the dog, the dog picks you. Being partnered with Bear has brought a sense of calm to the environment we work in. Observing the change he instantly makes in a victim’s life makes me grateful to be partnered with him,” said Assistant Inspector Era.
Bear’s birthday is April 17, 2017, and he knows commands in English and Spanish. He enjoys apples and carrots as treats. Thank you Bear, Canine Companions for Independence, and Assistant Inspector Janet Era for providing a calming presence!