Name the Puppy contest

Kamloops City

2023-03-07 10:38 PST

If you know any good dog names that start with ‘S’, here’s your chance to help the RCMP with its 2023 batch of puppies.

A German Shepherd puppy.

View larger image: a German Shepherd puppy

The Kamloops RCMP dog handlers are calling on the city’s youth to help name the force’s newest police dog cadets. Until March 16, youngsters age four to 14 are encouraged to enter the RCMP’s ‘2023 Name the Puppy Contest’ to help find names for 13 new German shepherd puppies – any one of which could end up policing Kamloops someday.

A new letter is selected each year to start the names. For 2023, all the names must begin with the letter S. The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta, is looking for original and creative names that these dogs can wear with pride during their career serving Canadian communities.

In 2019, a student from Rayleigh was one of 13 winners after his suggested name of ‘Marlow’ was chosen, said Corporal Steve Prior, a Kamloops RCMP dog handler.

Cpl. Prior’s current police dog partner is Neeka.

All contest entries must be submitted using the online form. Contest winners and the winning names will be announced on April 6, 2023, on the RCMP website and social media.

Police dog Neeka, a black German Shepherd

View larger image: police dog Neeka, a black German Shepherd


Winners - one from each province and territory - will receive a laminated 8×10-inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP water bottle.

Contest rules

A large German Shepherd dog is surrounded by eight puppies on a table.

View larger image: a large German Shepherd dog is surrounded by eight puppies on a table.

Released by:

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn
Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3193
Fax: 250-828-3034


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