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Local elementary students to find ‘pup’ular name for newest police canine
Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service’s newest recruit has four legs, a tail – and no name. Joining the ranks is a 16 month old male German Shepherd who will complete General Service Dog training this July. The young police pup will need a name in time for graduation and the Service is appealing to local elementary students for ideas on what his diploma will read.
All loal elementary schools within Waterloo Region are invited to participate in the contest and have been asked to suggest one name per school. The names will be compiled on April 30th and the WRPS Canine Unit will narrow the names to the top three. That’s when the vote will go online and the community will be able to vote for their favourite name using specific hashtags to be announced at a later date.
“Young minds are often the most creative,” said Staff Sergeant Mike Haffner. “We look forward to the opportunity of hearing from young people in a fun and engaging way, while finding a great name for the newest addition to our team.”
The top three names will be decided on May 5th and will launch the social media vote. The final name and winning school will be announced on May 7th. The school with the winning suggestion will receive a special award during the Police Week Open House at Headquarters on Saturday, May 9th. They will also win a school visit from Chief Larkin, the dog, and his handler.
Updates will be posted to the Waterloo Regional Police Service website at www.wrps.on.ca. All schools in the Region are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make their submission.