Robotic deputy is a hit with the kids

January 09, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

He's short for a deputy, and kind of furry, but he can drive his patrol car as well as anyone in the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Do-right's strong points are not patrolling or questioning suspects, but he is a good talker, especially with children.

Deputy Do-right is a German shepherd robot that drives a small patrol car and he's a hit with children in Imperial County.

Do-right was sworn in Tuesday at the county Board of Supervisors meeting by Sheriff Harold Carter. Do-right needed the help of 5-year-old Brandon Lucas Rivera of Holtville to lift his right hand to take the oath of office.

Do-right came to the Sheriff's Office several months ago but didn't have a name. When it comes to naming cuddly robot dogs, children are more talented than adults, so the department sponsored a naming contest.


Brandon won the contest that more than 175 elementary and junior high school students entered, sheriff's Crime Prevention Supervisor Jerry Godsey said.

Do-right's voice, actions and patrol car are controlled remotely by Godsey, who stands at a distance where most children don't notice him.

The robot cost nearly $9,000 and was paid for with federal drug demand reduction money, he said.

Do-right joins Deputy Seemore, a standing robot with a "McGruff" dog head. He also talks and can shake hands with his furry paws. Seemore has been with the department for 10 years, Godsey said.

Both deputies will make public appearances at parades, festivals and the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta. They also give anti-drug and safety presentations at schools, Godsey said.

For more information, call Godsey at 339-6309.

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