HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has a new sidekick to help responding officers and the homeless.

Officers gave a demo of how “Spot” the robot dog works on Friday, May 14.

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HPD says officers would have interviews with folks at the city’s coronavirus screening site for the homeless at Keehi Lagoon and other locations.

Officers would sometimes have to quarantine for 14 days due to possible exposure to COVID-19. Police say having Spot around will eliminate that risk.

“We had numerous staff that had to go on quarantine, numerous officers, civilians, 14 days where they have to go out of work and wait to find out if they’re exposed. You can’t put a price on someone’s life or their families, so for me if there’s tech that can solve a problem and we can figure it out, I think that was a completely legitimate use of the funds for what we were doing.”

Honolulu Police Department acting Lt. Dan O’Neal

O’Neal says Spot uses technology that scans a person’s eyeball to provide an accurate body temperature.

HPD purchased Spot in summer 2020 for $150,000 using CARES Act money.