SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield police officer whose canine partner has retired after eight years of service is returning to his childhood school to announce the winner of the competition to name his newest dog.

Officer Tommy Horne will also introduce his new canine partner to the community during the ceremony at White Street School. The school's entire fourth grade class participated in the "Name the Springfield Police K-9" essay contest.

The seven members of the Springfield police canine unit will announce the winner at the school and present the plaque to the student Monday.

Horne chose the new partner from three dogs the police department found at the nonprofit Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation of Bloomfield, Conn.

The Springfield Kennel Club donated $1,500 to cover costs of handling the German Shepherd dog.