2nd Dec, 2021

Coventry-themed names for police puppies to celebrate our UK City of Culture year

A LITTER of police dogs have been named in honour of Coventry being the UK City of Culture.

Coventry Police took to Twitter to ask citizens to vote on suggested names for the labradors who were born in September.

Officers said they were amazed by the response with people getting in touch in their droves to vote on the names of the puppies to honour or represent Coventry.

Two were chosen by partners but four were left up to the public to name.

The first one was called ‘Hope’ by artist in residence Kay Rufai which represented putting faith in into something with hope for a better outcome.

The second name – chosen by Laura McMillan from the City of Culture Trust – called the puppy Rudy – a nod to Coventry’s Two-Tone music scene.

More than 1,000 Coventry people decided the last four names – Godiva, Batch, Blaze and Ellie

PD Godiva – after Lady Godiva

PD Batch – A Coventry known name for a bread roll

PD Blaze – After one of the first police dogs in Coventry

PD Ellie – named after famous literary writer George Eliot

The puppies were born into the force’s world-renowned puppy breeding programme and will be in service next year.

They have already been teamed up with one of the volunteer fostering families and will go on a structured training programme.

Labradors in West Midlands Police are used for their great sense of smell, and although it might be a while before these pups are taking centre stage with a starring role in fighting crime, their names will ensure the city is celebrated beyond 2021.

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