WEST Midlands Police’s new four-legged recruits have been named after a public appeal.
Born three weeks ago at the force’s dog breeding and training scheme in Balsall Common, Odem, Orville, Osca, Oreo, Olivia, Olympia, Oriel, Oxo and Oasis were christened by Twitter users.
Hundreds of suggestions flooded in last month after police asked their 50,000 followers for name suggestions beginning with the letter ‘O’, as the pups were born into ‘O’ Litter.
“It’s the first time we’ve turned to our Twitter followers for help naming our puppies and it’s proved hugely successful,” said breed scheme manager Dave Raymond.
But he admitted it had turned up some rather unusual suggestions for the three male, and six female Springer Spaniel pups, including Oddball, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ochayethenew.
“Clearly a few Baggies fans entered as Odemwingie was tweeted in a few times,” he added. “And I don’t think Opium is appropriate for a police dog.”