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BC RCMP asks youth to help ‘Name the Puppies’

The RCMP is asking for help in naming 13 German Shepherd puppies that will be born this year
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Constable Teresa Carter and Rip at the RCMP “Name the Puppy Contest!” press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs at Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)

The RCMP is asking for help in naming 13 German Shepherd puppies that will be born this year.

Const. Ross Findlay with the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service said the contest is a great way for the RCMP to connect with youth across the country and highlight the police service dog program.

“The winning names, we’re hoping, will be unique and creative and serve the dogs with pride throughout their career,” Const. Findlay said.

The puppies are a part of the Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alta. The dogs will be trained to help locate missing people, find evidence, drugs and track suspects.

Name the puppy contest press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs are Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)
Name the puppy contest press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs are Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)

The dogs are born at the training centre in Alberta and spend the first eight weeks of their lives there until they are sent to police officers across the country to raise them.

“Then they’re trained for about a year and a half to two years before they’ve showed enough aptitude for the police work then they go into training to become a police service,” Const. Findlay said.

Not all dogs born at the centre will become police dogs.

Constable Teresa Carter and Rip at the RCMP “Name the Puppy Contest!” press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs are Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)
Constable Teresa Carter and Rip at the RCMP “Name the Puppy Contest!” press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs are Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)

Two puppies from last year’s litter, Rip and Rev, were at the contest announcement on Tuesday. They were some of the last puppies from the 2022 litter. Const. Findlay said each year they start with a new letter to keep track of how old the dogs are. Last year was “R” and this year is “S”.

The contest rules are:

• The name must start with the letter “S”

• Contestants can suggest only 1 name (1 entry per person)

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

• The name must have no more than 9 letters

• The name must be 1 or 2 syllables

• Contestants must be 4 to 14 years old

• Contestants must live in Canada

• Entries must be received by March 16, 2023

For more information on how to enter, visit Name the Puppy contest online.

The winners will be notified by early April. There will be one winner from each province and territory. Winners of the contest will receive a photo of the puppy they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP water bottle.



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Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald holds Rev outside BC RCMP headquarters in Green Timbers on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Anna Burns)


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I started with Black Press Media in the fall of 2022 as a multimedia journalist after finishing my practicum at the Surrey Now-Leader.
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