The sheriff's office wants your help naming its newest, adorable recruit

His Slovakian name is Hoky.
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This German shepherd is the newest recruit for the Benton County Sheriff's Office's, but he needs a name.

The 1-year-old dog comes from Slovakia, where his name was "Hoky" (pronounced "hockey"), but the sheriff's office is looking for a new name for the "very social" and driven pooch.

If you have an idea for a name, you can comment it on the department's Facebook post here (only suggestions made on the post will be eligible).

The sheriff's office will announce the dog's new name in mid-January, and the person who suggested the winning name will get the chance to meet the K-9 and have their photo taken with him. If more than one person suggested the name, there will be a drawing for the winner.

The new K-9 is expected to be a "great asset to our office," the sheriff's office says. He and his handler will begin a four-month training course at the end of January, where he'll learn agility, handler protections, obedience, bite-work, article searches, area and building searches, tracking and how to recognize and alert to narcotics.

Benton County's K-9 program is fully funded by donations and the agency's annual K-9 golf tournament.

Here are some more photos of the sheriff's office's new K-9:

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