The shaggy mixed-breed, rescued at the Canyon County animal shelter and then enrolled in an inmate dog -training program through the Idaho Department of Correction, is now officially dubbed Scout.
Boise Police Chief Bill Bones made the announcement Thursday afternoon in the classroom where the mascot's new moniker was chosen: Eileen Beatty's fourth-grade class at Highlands Elementary School.
When police revealed their new mascot Sept. 1, they launched a competition for local schoolchildren to choose the dog's name. About 25 Boise classrooms participated, and many more names were suggested from around the region but not considered because they didn't come from Boise students, police said. The Highlands fourth-graders' entry came out on top.
"After careful consideration and using the writing process to eliminate and elaborate on great ideas, we finally selected 'Scout' because it is easy to say and simple to pronounce," teacher Beatty said in a statement distributed by Boise police.