27/04/2012 06:16 BST | Updated 27/06/2012 06:12 BST

PuppyCam: Essex Police Puppies Snooze On Camera (VIDEO)

Meet Essex Police force's newest recruits: eight little puppies, snoozing in a corner.

The pups were born to a four-year-old German Shepherd, Steffi, on 19 March at the Dog Unit based in Sandon.

Essex Police gave the public the chance to name two of the puppies, and the good people of the Internet chose Boris and Flame.

Boris received 43.8% of the votes and Flame received 51.8% of the votes for the female name.

The other puppies are named Bolt, Jackson, Daley, Jessica, Seb and Zara in honour of the Olympics, oddly enough.

On Friday Essex gave the public the chance to watch the pups live on camera. Sadly good things can't last forever, but they've archived the video which you can see above.

Pc Dave Frost has been overseeing the care of the puppies who are now five weeks old. He said: "We received more than 500 entries to the competition and everyone at the Dog Unit was amazed by how creative some of the suggestions were. We'd like to thank everyone who took part.

"We're really pleased with the winning names. Boris and Flame are both great names for police dogs and really fitting for the 2012 Olympics."

The litter is the third from Essex Police's puppy breeding programme, officers said, which launched in 2010.