CHASE Is 'Paws Down' Winner In Name The Police PUP Contest

By: Kw Now - Local News
| Published 05/08/2015


Social Media Community ‘chases’ Down Name for New Police Dog

Schools Across Region Voted To Choose New Dog's Name

Waterloo Region ONTARIO – It takes a community to name a dog – especially in the case of the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s newest addition to the Canine Branch. After a two-week campaign; which involved hundreds of tweets, reached thousands of people and stretched across the world, the new police pup will officially be called, Chase.

“The most impressive part of the contest was seeing the entire community come together and work toward a common goal,” said Alana Holtom, Corporate Communications Coordinator. “The diversity of schools involved as well as those who participated online, was encouraging and provided a fun and engaging way to interact while finding a great name for our new police dog.”

Congratulations to ten schools who nominated the name:

Forest Glen Public School (New Hamburg)

Ecole élémentaire catholique Saint-Noël-Chabanel (Cambridge)

St Boniface School (Maryhill)

Hillcrest Public School (Cambridge)

MAC Maple Grove School (Kitchener)

Williamsburg Public School (Kitchener)

Cedarbrae Public School (Waterloo)

Saint Theresa Catholic Elementary School (Kitchener)

Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School (Cambridge)

Cedar Creek Public School (Ayr)

The winning schools will receive a visit from Chief Bryan Larkin, ‘Chase’, and his handler. They will also be invited to a special award presentation at Police Week Open House tomorrow, May 9th at Headquarters during the Canine demonstration. There will be 50 toy canines, featuring the names of current WRPS dogs, for sale at the Open House so visitors are reminded to arrive early if they wish to purchase one (proceeds going to Special Olympics).

The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to thank all students, school staff, community members, and ‘the Twitterverse’ for their creativity and participation. To learn more about Police Week Open House visit For more information about the Canine Unit, visit at link below: