The Connecticut State Police Canine Training Unit has announced the graduation ceremony of the 170th Patrol Dog Training Troop.
The graduation will be held Dec. 23 at 10 AM .at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy, 285 Preston Ave. in Meriden.
There will be a total of 14 canine teams graduating. The canine teams are trained to work patrol and have been trained in the basic areas of tracking, handler protection, evidence recovery, building searches, obedience, and classroom education.
For the canines, all German shepherds, the graduation marks the culmination of a 14-week rigorous and intense training course.
So what do you name a police canine?
The graduation list released by the State Police answers that question:
Max, Ale, Tazz, Jesse, Luka, Bronn, Zar, Zeus, Rocko, Saber, Loki, Errol, Vader and (of course) Thor.
The web site Dog-Names-And-More.com offers their suggestions for naming police dogs:
Bomber: This refers to the fact that a well-trained Police canine can attack as quickly as a bomb can blow up a city. This choice works for either a girl or boy.
Copper: This is a common slang word for law enforcement and would be perfect for either a male or female with a reddish coat.
Diablo: This means “devil” and refers to the threat of a trained attack dog. It is a masculine police dog name and comes from Spanish origins.
Fang: Referring to the long eye-teeth of a canine, this choice calls forth a sense of dread for any intruder and can be used for females or males but is more often used for boys.
Kojak: This is taken from the television police detective who always had a lollipop in his mouth. It’s a great choice for a male canine.
Kujo: The title of the vicious pooch in a Stephen King novel, this title will give the impression of a really mean Police canine.
Hades: This means “hell” and brings to mind the fires and fury of the place of damnation awaiting any crook or criminal. The choice works for male or female.
Lockjaw: This refers to a disease where the victim can not release their jaws after clamping down their teeth, bringing to mind that the pooch may bite and not release the victim. It’s a great selection for girls or boys.
Marksman: Police officers are trained marksmen and this title lets everyone know the canine is trained to hit the mark as well.
Nemesis: A nemesis is bane or downfall which takes a person or object out of the picture, making it a great choice for female or male canines.
Among those graduating are officers and canines from southwest Connecticut police departments.
From Milford PD: Officer Sean Owens and K9 Zar and Officer Emily Covelli with K9 Zeus.
From Bridgeport PD: Officer Heriberto Rodriquez with K9 Errol.
From Orange PD: Officer Chris Brown and K9 Loki.