North Vancouver RCMP announce winners of “Name a police car” contest

North Vancouver

2024-05-29 12:12 PDT

North Vancouver RCMP are announcing the winners of its "Name a police car" contest held by the RCMP’s Community Policing Youth Support Team (YST).

In November 2023, an invitation was sent out to elementary school students in North Vancouver (grades 4 through 7) to take part in a contest to help name three police vehicles used by Youth Support Team officers. YST received hundreds of creative submissions from enthusiastic students and after careful consideration, a list of popular names was compiled and then distributed to the civilian staff at the North Vancouver detachment to vote on.

The following students had the most voted names and were printed and displayed on a police car:

Memebers of the North Vancouver RCMP Youth Support Team pose with the winners of the "Name our police car" contest. Pictured here are the cars with their new names.

The student, or students, who submitted the winning name each met the police officer who will be driving the police car, got to join the officer for a ride in the cruiser, had their picture taken and was presented with a certificate and a small gift from the RCMP Community Policing Youth Support Team.

This was a very exciting process for us and we hope the students had much fun as we did, said Cst. Mansoor Sahak, Media Relations Officer for the North Vancouver RCMP. Our Youth Support Team is constantly exploring ways to connect and engage with North Shore youth and this naming contest was a particularly gratifying example of that. Seeing the kids’ reaction to having the name they submitted displayed on the back of cars they’ll see out in the community was incredibly rewarding.

History behind naming a police car:

In 1873, the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) were created to police parts of Canada that included today's Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, as well as the Northwest, Yukon and Nunavut Territories.

Back then patrols were done on horses, but by 1966 they switched to other methods of transportation. This naming practice only continued with RCMP horses and police dogs.

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