West Yorkshire Police’s puppy power!

New Police Puppies at Car Gate today.'Pictured: Kennel Hand Vanessa Portman.'PICTURE BY MATTHEW PAGE
New Police Puppies at Car Gate today.'Pictured: Kennel Hand Vanessa Portman.'PICTURE BY MATTHEW PAGE

THEY might look cute and cuddly now, but these German Shepherd pups will grow up to be tough canine crime fighters.

The five new recruits are just eight weeks old and are the latest litter of pups born at West Yorkshire Police’s Operations Support Services at Carrgate.

And the three boys have been named Victor, Vince and Vitto.

But the girls still don’t yet have their names on their police collars.

Sgt Rick Green, of the Dog Section, said: “We have two female pups that are still to be named and we would like to offer the chance to the public to make that decision.

“With the Olympics coming up, we decided on Olympic athlete names for the public to vote on, via our website, Facebook and Twitter. So please log on to vote.”

The options for the first pup include Mo - after record setting runner Mo Farar; Kelly - after gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes; Daley - after record breaking decathlete Daley Thompson; and Rebecca - after freestyle swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

And the second pup could be named Jess - after track and field athlete Jessica Ennis; Tessa - after javelin thrower and heptathlete Tessa Sanderson; Christie - after sprinting legend Linford Christie; or Paula after marathon record holder Paula Radliffe.

The pups are the 22nd litter to be born through the police in-house breeding programme.

At the moment they are being looked after by carer families.

When they are old enough they will start specialist training with expert dog handlers.

And then they will be ready to help officers sniff out drugs, detect explosives and find missing people.

To make your vote search for West Yorkshire Police on Facebook and Twitter.

Voting closes at 8am on Monday.

Anyone interested in becoming a puppy carer should call 01924 293135.