Sick kids to help name new police puppies

A LITTER of puppies are in need of names before they pounce into their career as police dogs, and the local community has been called on for help.

The NSW Police Force Dog Unit is recruiting sick kids from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, as well as the Facebook community to name the adorable Belgian Malinois.

The 12 pups – nine boys and three girls – were born into the Force in early February as part of the ‘Y’ litter.


Because of the litter’s name, Dog Unit Commander, Superintendent Steve Egginton says the puppies must have names starting with ‘Y’.

“The involvement of the community in the puppy naming process is a long running tradition and this time we’re involving the public and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

“Our Facebook followers have already sounded off with thousands of suggestions, such as Yoga, Yolo, Yoda, Yakka, Yuri, Yasmine, and York,” he said.

The most popular online suggestions will then be given to chronically ill kids at the hospital for the final decisions.

“We are so proud to give this unique opportunity to a group of boys and girls going through a tough time,” Supt Egginton said.

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Posted by Police Dog Unit – NSW Police Force on Monday, March 26, 2018

Director of Community Relations and Marketing at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Gilly Paxton, said they are excited to be included in the naming process for the third time.

“We know our patients will be very proud to be involved in choosing the names for these police puppies and we can’t wait until some of the pups can visit the hospital,” Ms Paxton said.

Once named, the eight-week old pups will begin training to become either general purpose or detection police dogs.