Prairie Post (West Edition)

Lethbridge Police Service announce puppy name



The Lethbridge Police Service is pleased to announce the name “Bridge” has been selected for the newest addition to the K9 Unit following a very successful naming contest that saw more than 700 suggestion­s submitted by Lethbridge youth.

“We were overwhelme­d by the response we received and we want to thank everyone who submitted a suggestion. There were some great names and it was a tough choice,” said Cst. Braylon Hyggen, who is currently training the four-month old Belgian Malinois puppy.

Entries were shortliste­d by the K9 Unit with the final decision made by the LPS Executive.

Bridge was selected, not only in tribute to the city’s most iconic landmark, but as a symbol of strength and connection with the community. LPS believes it’s a fitting moniker for a young pup who has years of service ahead of him.

The name was submitted by Kassie Hotton, 13, who had the opportunit­y to meet the pup and received a Malinois plush and tour of the police station.

The addition of Bridge is the first time in decades that a puppy will be trained and tested entirely in-house. In the past, the K9 Unit has obtained dogs that are about 15-months to two-years-old and have already been named and tested to determine if they are suitable for policing.

The training process will involve learning skills in obedience, agility, tracking and evidence searching. Bridge will also be tested to ensure his temperamen­t is suited to police work. If all goes well, he’ll be ready to hit the street with a handler in 2024.

Congratula­tions Kassie and a huge thank you to everyone who submitted a name!

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