Queenslanders will have the opportunity to name six soon to be crime-fighting canines in a Queensland-wide name search launched today.
Police Minister Mark Ryan announced the search and said the puppies formed the T Litter, made up of four boys and two girls.
“Each litter is given a letter to distinguish them from the others and these puppies form the T Litter, so their names must start with the letter T,” Minister Ryan said.
“We’re asking Queenslanders to get creative and put forward your best name suggestions.
“Once old enough, the puppies will undergo training over the next few months in the hopes of becoming general purpose dogs.”
This latest litter of puppies from the QPS breeding program was born on Saturday May 11.
Minister Ryan said that by giving Queenslanders the opportunity to name six police puppies, it highlighted the important role police dogs and their handlers play in keeping Queenslanders safe.
Commissioner Ian Stewart said the last puppy naming competition was in 2017 for the G Litter and received an overwhelming response from the community with more than 60,000 name suggestions received.
“Our last puppy naming competition showed how much Queenslanders loved being involved and we look forward to receiving all the creative and wonderful names for the T Litter,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“The Dog Squad is one of the most active and essential frontline services of the Queensland Police Service.
“Each year, the police dogs and their handlers are responsible for the tracking and apprehension of offenders across the state, detection of illicit drugs and for finding missing people.”
Entries to this naming competition open today and run until Friday, June 21, giving Queenslanders three weeks to get their best suggestions in.
When the pups are six weeks old, Queenslanders will then be able to vote on their favourite short-listed names, before the litter are bestowed with their names at eight weeks old.
To submit your entry, visit myPolice.qld.gov.au.