DNAInfo:  As of Thursday, anyone who gets arrested in the city’s sprawling Jefferson Park police district will be taken past a new presence guarding the cells: a 4-foot fiberglass statue of a German shepherd, fittingly named “Jefferson.”

The first permanent installation of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and PAWS Chicago‘s “K9s for Cops” program, Jefferson is covered from scruff to haunches with painted scenes of the Far Northwest Side and portraits of officers killed in the line of duty.

Through the program, which was launched this year, any business in Chicago can pay $2,000 to sponsor a blank, 4½-foot dog statue and commission a Chicago artist to paint it. For another $500, they can keep the statue for themselves.


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