Oliver has collected supporters along the way. Within Kent police a handful of officers are now in a position to work alongside the black lab-retriever if either a child or a vulnerable adult wants to use him.
Earlier this year the Victims’ Commissioner met Oliver at a conference. Since then Baroness Newlove is a signed up member of the Oliver fan club. Her office said,
‘It is wonderful that Oliver is able to help victims through the trauma of appearing at court and helping them to give their best evidence. A justice dog, enabling justice to be served for the most vulnerable victims!’
Over the holiday period Sky News reported Oliver’s work as the first justice facility dog in the UK. They spoke to one man Zach Rigler who gave evidence in a crown court after witnessing a knife attack. He didn’t have the option of a specially trained dog to comfort him in court. He told Sky he wished he could have,
‘I just wanted to be out of there, I wanted it to be over. On the day, I would have loved to have had a dog with me, even just to have played with while I was waiting, to take my mind off things.‘