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Meet The Adorable New Pups Joining The NSW Police Force

They may be just shy of ten weeks old, but soon enough these pups will be fighting crimes. 

NSW Police welcomed five of its newest canine recruits to join the ranks of its Dog Unit on Tuesday.

The five German shepherds -- three females and two males -- were born on Christmas Eve last year, and will be trained as General Purpose dogs.

Now, police are letting sick kids help choose the names for the force's newest recruits.

Dog Unit Commander Superintendent Steve Egginton said the pups are a welcome addition to the force.

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"Since 2004, our breeding program has seen 34 litters of German Shepherd pups join the ranks, and these five new recruits have just started their journey in the pack," he said.

Keeping up with tradition, kids at Sydney Children's Hospital have been tasked with the im-paw-tant job of naming the the pups, each to start with the letter 'Z'.

Once the names are assigned, they'll have the chance to meet their furry friends.

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Image: NSW Police
Image: NSW Police

Formed in 1932, the NSW Police Dog Unit is the largest of its kind in Australia and is made up of German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Labradors, Border Collies and English Springer Spaniels.

The breeding program has been running since 2004.

These pups will remain under the care of the Dog Unit for a couple of weeks before they're placed into foster care to begin training.

Featured image: NSW Police

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