St. Tammany Parish law enforcement officer Winston Cavendish portrayed McGruff, the Crime Dog, many times in the 1980's, helping local citizens "take a bite out of crime." He helped invent the character during a "brain storming" session at a law enforcement conference, and after the costume was decided upon, he put it on many times while promoting community safety programs, as well as providing the voice for the cartoon version of the character.
Cavendish was quite active in police department community relations work in the 1970's and 1980's, first with the Mandeville Police Department and then with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
Here are a few photographs of Cavendish (as McGruff) with Covington Police Chief Al Strain (left) and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Pat Canulette (right, holding child) in the early 1980's, as well as with President Ronald Reagan.
McGruff (aka Cavendish) with President Ronald Reagan
From left, Eddie Deano, Winston Cavendish, Robert Livingston
Cavendish and friend in 2016
Photo source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook Page
An article from January, 1984
Dr. Les Landon, a Covington veterinarian, took part in the McGruff legacy by giving McGruff "shots" every year. He and Cavendish took pictures with the small McGruff version, and also with the full-size McGruff costume.
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