RCMP nam­ing po­lice dogs

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS -

The Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice wants help in nam­ing a hand­ful of its new­est re­cruits.

The Po­lice Dog Ser­vice Train­ing Cen­tre (PDSTC) in In­n­is­fail, Al­berta, is again ask­ing young Cana­di­ans to sug­gest names for 10 Ger­man Shepherd pup­pies re­cently born at the Cen­tre.

Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to be orig­i­nal and imag­i­na­tive in find­ing names to serve these pup­pies well in their ca­reers with Canada’s na­tional po­lice force. When think­ing of names, it is im­por­tant to keep in mind these are work­ing po­lice dogs, not pets.

The 10 chil­dren whose names are selected will each re­ceive a lam­i­nated 8 by 10-inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named ‘Jus­tice’ and an RCMP cap. Con­test rules are: Con­tes­tants can sug­gest only one name (one en­try per per­son).

The name may be for a male or a fe­male pup.

The name must start with the let­ter ‘G’.

The name must have no more than nine (9) letters.

The name must be one or two syl­la­bles.

Con­tes­tants must live in Canada and be 16 years old or younger. Three ways to en­ter: En­ter on­line: ‘www.rcmp­grc.ca/de­pot/pdstc-cdcp/name-thep­uppy-nomme-le-chiot-eng.htm’.

E-mail the child’s name, age, ad­dress, tele­phone num­ber and the sug­gested name for a puppy to ‘[email protected]’.

Send a post­card or let­ter to the fol­low­ing ad­dress. Be sure to print the child’s name, age, ad­dress, tele­phone num­ber and the sug­gested name for a puppy. Attn: ‘Name the Puppy Con­test’, Po­lice Dog Ser­vice Train­ing Cen­tre, Box 6120, In­n­is­fail, AB, T4G 1S8.

Al­though there are only 10 win­ners, names not selected for the con­test will be con­sid­ered for other pup­pies born dur­ing the year.

The dead­line for en­tries is March 5. Con­test win­ners/prizes will be an­nounced Apr. 15.

The PDSTC staff will choose the win­ning names. A draw will de­ter­mine a win­ning en­try in the event of mul­ti­ple name sub­mis­sions.

The PDSTC is home to the RCMP na­tional po­lice dog train­ing pro­gram and is a part of RCMP ‘De­pot’ Di­vi­sion.

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