Police puppies named on facebook

THE NSW Police Force’s cutest canine recruits now have names thanks to the many Facebook followers who voted for their favourite monikers online.

The seven Labrador pups were born on Friday 1 April and the Dog Unit ran a Police Puppy Poll on the NSW Police Force’s Facebook page to help pick their names.

Keeping with canine recruit tradition, all names had to start with A to represent the first – or Alpha – litter of Labradors and could be no more than two syllables in length.

In the three weeks the poll was open, an incredible 12,800 votes were tallied and the results are Aussie, Ace and Astro for the male pups and Angel, Abbey, Ally and Amber for the female pups.

“The huge response to the Police Puppy Poll has been unbelievable,” said the Commander of the Police Dog Unit, Superintendent Michael Goodwin.

“It’s proven to be an excellent way to engage with the community and also allow members of the public to take part in what we do.

“It was also a fun way to give something back to the many people who support the NSW Police Force through our Facebook page.”

Some of the most popular names in the Police Puppy Poll, including Axle, Archie and Angus, were unable to be used as the Dog Unit already has canine constables with those names.

While this is the Dog Unit’s first litter of Labrador puppies, 15 litters of German Shepherd pups have been born as part of the general purpose dog breeding program since 2006.

That includes the latest litter of nine pups born to police dog Makybe just three weeks ago. They can be viewed on the Dog Unit’s Puppy Cam, streaming live at www.police.nsw.gov.au

The seven Labrador pups are now seven weeks old and will stay at the Dog Unit with mum Bonnie for another five weeks.

“They will then be fostered out to special puppy raisers until they are old enough to begin detection dog training,” Superintendent Goodwin said.

“In a year’s time, these pups could start training in drug, firearms and explosives or cadaver detection with the successful recruits being sworn in as police constables to work here in NSW or with other law enforcement agencies.”

The NSW Police Force Dog Unit is the largest police dog unit in Australia and its canine officers include German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Rottweilers, Labradors and English Springer Spaniels.

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