Kamloops RCMP call on city youngsters to submit names for 2021 police puppies

Police need puppy names

Police dog handlers in Kamloops are calling on the city’s youngsters to help name the RCMP’s newest puppies.

According to a statement from Kamloops Mounties, names are needed for 13 new German shepherd puppies, one of which could end up in the Tournament Capital after training is complete.

Kids ages four to 14 can enter the RCMP’s 2021 Name the Puppy contest, which is accepting suggestions from children across Canada until March 18.

Names must begin with the letter P, have nine letters or less, and can be only one or two syllables. Original and imaginative names are encouraged, but kids are reminded to pick names suitable for working police dogs. Each child can submit only one entry.

According to the RCMP statement, in 2019, a student from Rayleigh was one of the 13 winners selected after his suggested name Marlow was chosen.

The 13 children whose names are selected will each receive a laminated eight by 10 photo of the puppy they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP water bottle.

Cpl. Steve Prior, a Kamloops RCMP dog handler, has been paired with police dog Fargo for over five years, and has previously worked with three other dogs: Palmer, Rico and Faro. He said he knows the difference police dogs make to the force, and in the community.

The RCMP statement said police dogs help to locate missing people, find evidence and track down criminals, sometimes in extremely dangerous environments.

“It takes a really special dog to get through our program,” Prior said in the statement.

“They do a lot for us without asking for much of anything.”

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