By Staff

TEWKSBURY (CBS) – The Tewksbury Police Department has a new comfort dog named Waffles. The department held a naming contest for their new team member, and one young student’s idea was chosen.

The 9-week old Australian labradoodle puppy came from New Hampshire. He will train with School Resource Officer Eric Hanley.

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Once fully trained, Waffles will work to calm students and help build relationships between kids and the police department.

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“It’s astounding what a dog’s presence can do,” Hanley said. “We are all super excited. The sky’s the limit.”

The contest winner, Heath Brook Elementary School second-grader Jack Johnson, met Waffles at the police station on Wednesday. Jack said he nominated the name Waffles because a photo of the puppy reminded him of a waffle, and because his family’s dog loves to eat waffles.

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Police received almost 1,000 name suggestions. Staff