Estevan's Alexandra Andrist is one of 10 young people from across Canada who has been chosen to name a potential service dog from the RCMP national Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC).
Alexandra is a nine-year-old Grade 4 student from Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur, and she is the daughter of Robert and Tania Andrist. She submitted the name of Gainer, and it was selected.
She said she chose the name she's a big fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Riders won the Grey Cup last season, and Gainer is the name of the Riders' mascot.
Andrist will receive a certificate, an 8" by 10" laminated photo of the puppy they name, a plush German shepherd toy dog named Justice, and an RCMP cap.
The PDSTC received over 9,000 entries from across Canada. As in previous years, the Centre also received several very creative hand drawn entries.
Alexandra's entry was the only one chosen from Saskatchewan.
All names had to start with the letter G. For multiple entries of the same name, winners were selected at random.
The other puppy names chosen were Gizmo, Galley, Griffin, Gabe, Gunner, Gadget, Grady, Grinder, and Gibbs.
RCMP police service dog teams are an integral part of front line policing. 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.