Meet cute new po­lice puppy Ledge

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

Po­lice puppy ‘ L’ fi­nally has a name and a new home, join­ing the former fam­ily of po­lice puppy Kazza, who died this month.

Cen­tral Dis­trict po­lice ran a com­pe­ti­tion on Face­book for schools in Manawatu to name the puppy, who ar­rived in the area on June 16.

The puppy was born into the ‘L’ lit­ter and was re­quired to have a name be­gin­ning with that let­ter. The win­ning name was Ledge, short for Le­gend, cho­sen by Palmer­ston North’s St James’ Catholic School.

Ledge will be homed with Whanganui dog han­dler Con­sta­ble Shane Cham­bers, whose last po­lice puppy, Kazza, died this month af­ter be­com­ing un­well.

Kazza was named in trib­ute to his un­cle Gazza, who was shot and killed dur­ing an armed in­ci­dent in Porirua ear­lier this year.

To name Ledge, schools had to sub­mit pre­ven­tion art­work. The top schools re­ceived a visit from the puppy and put for­ward name ideas.

They then voted on which name they thought was best.

St James’ teacher Michelle Pothan, whose Year 1 and 2 class se­lected the name Le­gend, said the com­pe­ti­tion and visit was a good way to in­tro­duce chil­dren to po­lice.

‘‘He came in and nib­bled fin­gers and did his puppy thing, and had a run around the classroom. They loved see­ing a po­lice­man and hav­ing a puppy at school.

‘‘They loved see­ing a po­lice­man and hav­ing a puppy at school. ’’

‘‘They all drew lit­tle pup­pies and wrote mes­sages about how to keep safe, and said they liked that he was cute, and was soft and wagged his tail.’’

Chil­dren needed to learn that po­lice were there to keep them safe and could be trusted, so the class visit was valu­able, she said.

‘‘It’s good that they are mak­ing an at­tempt to get in­volved be­fore any­body needs them, and an­i­mals work well for chil­dren.’’

Pupil Sam Bate­man had pro­posed the name Le­gend, and he was thrilled it was cho­sen, she said.

Ledge had pre­vi­ously vis­ited Palmer­ston North’s Takaro School with Kazza ear­lier this year and was a big hit with pupils.

Takaro School teacher Lizzy Not­man, whose class Kazza and Ledge vis­ited, said they had a pic- ture of Kazza on their writ­ing wall.

When they found out Kazza had died, Not­man said they dis­cussed it as a class.

‘‘One of the boys, Ge­orge, said that some­times when peo­ple or an­i­mals are just too sick they just go to sleep and don’t wake up.

‘‘He told us ‘it’s okay though, be­cause they aren’t sore any­more’.’’

Le­gend’s name was cho­sen by the kids at Palmer­ston North’s St James Catholic School.

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