Public asked to name new police dog recruit

The newest recruit to the dog unit
The newest recruit to the dog unit
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The public are being called on to help name the police’s newest canine recruit who came from a rescue centre in Devon.

The police pooch joined a Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit course on May 26.

The new six-week long training course for six dogs and their handlers, who will work across the three counties, aims to see them develop into proactive drug dog teams.

The latest recruit is picking up his skills quickly, but the only problem is he shares the same name as one of his fellow trainees, Duke.

This has prompted the unit to appeal to the public for their help in renaming him so as not to cause confusion during the training.

The team has already come up with a shortlist of nine names and are now asking fans of the BCH Dog Unit’s Facebook page to vote for their favourite.

The names in the running are: Buzz, Charlie, Frank, Taz, Tiggy, Trigger, Whizz, Yoda and Zippy.

In order to vote people will need to first ‘like’ the BCH Dog Unit’s Facebook page, which launched on Monday (June 1).

People will then be able to cast a vote on the poll set up on the page.

Voting closes at 3.30pm on Friday (June 5) and the winning name will be announced soon after.

The team can also be followed on Twitter, although votes cast there will not be counted.