Students name new CPD K-9

Published 05/02 2013 04:06PM

Updated 05/02 2013 06:41PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Police officers paid a special visit to Stratton Elementary School Thursday. A pair of students won the right to name a new K-9 officer.

They each came up with the same name on their own and chose "Junior." CPD officers decided it would be the best fit for their new recruit.

Fourth graders from Stratton and Booker T. Washington drew pictures of what they thought the new K-9 officer would look like and gave it a name. Some of the other top contenders were "Max," "Spike" and "Hunter."

Two students from Ms. Eggert's 4th grade class, Melodee Leshoure and Eliel Kasombola, came up with the winning pick. Eliel says he doesn't even like dogs because he's afraid of them.

Junior's still in training, so CPD brought another K-9 officer, Solo, to the event. He showed students how he sniffs out drugs with a quick demonstration.

Junior will be in training for a few more months, but he should join the ranks of CPD later this summer. His name will even be put on his handler's car.

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