Kensington student wins RCMP name-the-puppy contest

Published on June 18, 2014

Dutch, the RCMP Police Service Dog on P.E.I. was standing on top of desks at Kensington elementary school last Friday, on hand to present a prize package.

Grade four student Lincoln MacKay was one of 9,000 entries in the National RCMP Police Dog Service Training Center annual Name the Puppy contest.

Ten young Canadians won the privilege to name a potential service dog from the centre.  For 2014 all names had to start with the letter G.

Griffin was the winning name suggested by MacKay.

Cpl. Marc Periard from P.E.I. RCMP Police Dog Service, and his canine partner Dutch presented MacKay with a certificate, an 8×10-inch laminated photo of Griffin, a plush German Shepherd toy dog named Justice, and an RCMP cap.

Kensington officer Cst. Steve Manning assisted in the presentation for the school.

"RCMP police service dog teams are an integral part of front line policing," says a statement from the force. "They search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, and search for and recover evidence used in crimes."