Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Each year, the RCMP Police Dog Training Centre (PDSTC) offers a contest for children from every province and territory in Canada to name the new puppies entering police dog services for the RCMP. This year, the winner of the contest from Prince Edward Island is Alex Bernard of Kensington.
RCMP police service dog teams are an important part of front line policing. They search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, detect explosives and search for evidence used in crimes.
The puppies, born at the PDSTC in Innisfail, Alberta, were provided names with the first letter “L” and staff at the Centre chose the names from nearly 15,000 entries. For multiple entries of the same name, a draw determined the winning entry. The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre is the training centre for all RCMP police dog teams in Canada.
Joining Alex, the other winning entries across the country include:
- Lance : Kayla Absi (Ottawa, Ontario)
- Lazer : Seth Reynolds (Saint John, New Brunswick)
- Lenyx : Jaxson Duke (Whitehorse, Yukon)
- Lexi : Rayanna Etheridge (Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador)
- Lilly : Kaitlyn Szulc ( Langley, British Columbia)
- Link : Jake Saunders (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
- Logan : Austyn Harper (Carseland, Alberta)
- Loki : Jackson McQuade Thomson (Iqaluit, Nunavut)
- Lucy : Saydee Hlagy (Outlook, Saskatchewan)
- Luke : Dennea Fitzner (The Pas, Manitoba)
- Luna : Fergus Porter (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)
- Lux : Arielle Provencher (Montreal, Quebec), and our very own,
- Lola : Alex Bernard (Kensington, Prince Edward Island)
The 13 winners will each receive a laminated 8×10-inch laminated photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an official RCMP baseball cap. Alex will receive his items from P.E.I. Police Dog Service officers Cpl. Marc Periard and his canine partner Dutch and Cst. Kristian Thomsen and his canine partner Fleck.
P.E.I. RCMP Police Dog Service
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