Alaskans Invited to Participate in Contest to Name New Trooper K9s
6th-graders across Alaska submitted over 70 suggestions to name two new drug dogs
May 12, 2017 JUNEAU – As a part of the Safer Alaska initiative, Governor Bill Walker today announced the conclusion of a competition to name two new drug detection K9s for the Alaska State Troopers. The two dogs are in the final stages of training, and will be used by State Troopers in the fight to combat heroin and opioid trafficking and abuse across Alaska. Alaskans are invited to vote for their favorite name for each dog via a poll on Governor Walker’s official Facebook page. The winning names will be announced Monday.
“On behalf of the Departments of Education and Early Development and Public Safety, I would like to thank the more than 1,000 students in more than 70 classrooms from all across our great state who submitted names for consideration,” Governor Walker said. “We would also like to recognize the many teachers who rallied their classrooms to participate in the contest and also acknowledge those who used the Department of Education’s accompanying lesson plan to inform students of the dangers of illicit drug use. It’s critical that citizens of all ages are engaged in creating a Safer Alaska.”
The over 70 name suggestions have been narrowed down to the top three for each dog. The State Troopers will use the K9s to help detect opioids and other drugs in a variety of places across the state in continued efforts to tamp down drug use and trafficking.
- February 14 – Governor Walker issued a 30-day disaster declaration so naloxone could be distributed statewide
- February 16 – Governor Walker issued Administrative Order 283 establishing a plan of action that directs state departments to prioritize resources to combat the opioid epidemic and apply for federal grants to fund prevention, treatment and enforcement
- March 6 – Governor Walker filed legislation (HB 159/SB 79) to change the way opioids are prescribed and monitored
- March 10 – Governor Walker filed SB 91 to extend disaster declaration
- March 21 – Governor Walker signed SB 91, life-saving naloxone bill, into law
- April 17 – Governor Walker announced Alaska’s participation in CDC-NGA project
- April 20 – Governor Walker announced Alaska’s receipt of $2 million in federal STOG funds
- May 12 – Governor Walker announced kickoff of contest to name drug dogs