West Midlands Police have announced that their latest K-9 recruit will be named after blue-light mental health campaigner Liv Pontin.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said:
‘Meet our newest recruit; a golden Cocker Spaniel named Liv, who has recently started her pawsome adventure with West Midlands Police’.
Liv Pontin sadly passed away earlier this year after a lengthy battle with her mental health.
Following her passing, the emergency services family paid tribute to Liv’s tireless efforts to try and raise awareness about mental health.
Officers and staff across West Midlands Police and indeed up-and-down the country were touched by Liv’s dedication and hard work at raising awareness of mental health in policing following her own experience in 2017.
Liv, who worked for Northamptonshire Police, also visited the force and spent time with various departments discussing mental health.
Chief Inspector Gareth Mason from operations at West Midlands Police, said:
“We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Liv, who was an inspiration to the police family.
“We know that Liv loved dogs and she would often share our tweets on Twitter, showing her support, so we thought it would be a nice tribute to name our latest puppy after an incredible lady.”
On 28th February this year, Liv received a letter from the Rail Minister, Andrew Jones, that commended her work in raising awareness about mental-health-related issues.
The letter said:
‘I recently watched the episode of Victoria Derbyshire where you shared your story and wanted to write to you as Rail Minister and thank you for your bravery in opening up this incredibly important issue.
‘I am also aware that you have shared your experiences with both the British Transport Police (with whom we have a close working relationship) and other Police Forces to help with officer training’.
In response to the letter, Liv tweeted:
‘Oh I cannot describe what a proud Livvy I am.
‘If it helps one person I am happy. If I can raise awareness for the wonderful people in the rail industry, and to the police, who do so much to provide safety in MH emergencies, I am thrilled’.