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Welcome to the New Zealand Police Dog Charitable Trust website. Thank you for visiting us.
The trust supports the work of the New Zealand Police dog section by funding activities such as acquiring breeding dogs from overseas to improve NZ Police Dog bloodlines, acquiring working dogs to add value to the NZ Police Dog section, training dogs and handlers and promoting study, research and educational programmes to support these activities.

This website contains sections on the establishment of the trust and on the history of the NZ Police Dog section. You’ll also find a live feed to our Facebook page with the latest photos and dog stories. To support the work of the trust, click on the Donate tab, or take a look at our Online Shop. To find out how your contributions will be used, see the section on Funds Distribution.

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4 week old 'Y' litter 🙂
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Emma BurlandToo cute. Where can you put your name down for a pup thats not quite Police material.

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Kerry HarrisOmg super cute

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Amelia HarrisJosh Hinton 😍

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Linda JoyDudz Danger... I wonder if Tank would put up with puppy? 😆

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Melanie Joy DaltonJust out of curiousity ..Do Police use the Long Coat GSDs ? They didnt years ago.

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Ben SuncinAwesome really are

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Dianne WattJenna

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Trish OxenbridgeBig cuddles to you all

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Barbara Cousins-SterlingThey are so cute.

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Shona SloanY for Yummy litter . . . so much cuteness 😍

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BJ JensenPuppies r so cool

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Lee BuchananBeautiful.

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Rae Dowdbeautiful little darlings x

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Ben SuncinAwesome

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Barbara Cousins-SterlingThey are adorable. xx

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Trish OxenbridgeGorgeous dogs

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Janice SmuldersDouble trouble 😊

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Julie-Anne TongGorgeous

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Patrick HayesThey will give criminals a RUFF time

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Police Dog Trust added 4 new photos.

These cute 'W' litter puppies are now 6 weeks old 🙂
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David LukeJess Robertson

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Jennifer PerkinsJust beautiful

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Regan BattCuteness overload

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Megan KlieglRJ Wil they all look like vann 😱😍

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Ben SuncinAwesome

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Rose TindallSteve James can we? 😍

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Kath O'ShaughnessyBeautiful. Love their eyebrows

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Trish OxenbridgeOh you gorgeous babies

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Glenda O'DonovanYum 🙂

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Yolla BeaglesWill have the lots thanks

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Jess DoughertyJerilee Danks Paikea 😍😍😍😍

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Paul HodgesCarley. Cherie!!

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Tayla BublitzKenneth Shaw

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Maureen Holm-HansenLove them

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Nikki van der WaltI think we need one of these Frances van der Walt. ❤

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Linda JoyI want one... 💗

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Meet the 3 week old 'A' litter. There are 7 males and 3 females. Mum (Ushi) and puppies are all doing well 🙂
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Barbara Cousins-Sterlingbsolutely adorable. Well done Ushi. xx

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David LukeJess Robertson

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Amelia HarrisJosh Hinton

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Ben SuncinI be a babby sitter for the girls

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Glenda O'DonovanLove is :-)..looking at these wee faces and the future they hold .

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Julie-Anne TongLove to have one of these gorgeous cuties

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Lisa HinsleyWe need a work visit ... Rachel Megan Tahlee

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Shona SloanSooooo cute. Aren't we lucky to have these puppies as up & coming four legged protectors & angels 😇🐶

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Ashlee NicoleOMG Julie-Anne Houghton look at these puppers 😭

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Jody CampbellAshleigh Huntermore doggos

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Paula LameyBeautiful

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Charlotte MarksSo cuuuute 💓

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Elaine KateneWell done Ushi, clever girl

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Grant RichardKelly

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Rae DowdAwwww want one

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Tabitha-Jason PetersenMore Bradley Smith!!!

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Dogs having some fun today 🙂
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8 week old Police puppy Vann getting some one on one time with the AOS in Dunedin #nzpawlice #dunedindogsection

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Nick WilsonGood boy Vann!

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Charlie HamiltonWat a nice looking pup. Good eye!!

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Linda Joy25 years of owning shepherds and the puppies still make me melt 😊

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Tracey SteelHe's sure to be with a name like Vann...

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Jess WoollerCathy Wooller Vetos brother

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Cathy WoollerSooo cute 😊

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Elemai Lagahetau-HummAdorable puppy.

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Elaine CreightonHow can you not love that adorable face 😍

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Jennifer PerkinsThat is fantastic you are wonderful

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Trish OxenbridgeHope he will be OK

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Michele AlexanderAll the very best for his full recovery 🐾🐾🐾🐾👍

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Shona SloanAll the best Raja, & to the wonderful support teams in place 😍

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Ben SuncinGood mate you can do it

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Valerie WalkerThankful for skilled Vets, all the best Raja,

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Valeria BurrowsPlease keep us updated on Raja's progress

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Barbara Cousins-SterlingAll the best Raja, wishing you a speedy recovery. Big thank you to the Vets.

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Rosalie SullivanGet well soon Raja

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Today we unveiled the Wall of Remembrance at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre, recognising the 24 dogs killed on duty. The wall was unveiled by Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard and the Hon Ma...

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Karen DockleyAwesome 👍

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Jo FisherI remember when Gage got shot....was just awful seeing him lying on the road motionless but so brave of his handler to carry him out whilst.he himself was badly injured

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Welcoming Lexi with her 'W' litter that were born overnight. Lexi had 9 puppies - 7 females and 2 males.
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Chrissy GoodmanAwww congrats mumma Lexi

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Lyn TheobaldJust lovely.

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Barbara Cousins-SterlingWell done Lexi. Looks like Mum and babies are doing fine.

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Rae DowdBeautiful Lexi and her beautiful puppies awesomeness ❤❤❤❤❤❤💓

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Helena WilsonOMG they are so cute. Well done Lexi

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Jill SandersonWell done Lexi!

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Trish OxenbridgeOh my they will be a pawful for her. Feeding, grooming and protecting that many must be difficult. Still she looks a nice girl and Im sure she will do a great job

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Christine AdamsWell done Lexi!

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Kristian SpencerSam Tait Jayne Clarke 😀

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Enoka KarakaMadison 😍

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Candice JohnsonWell done Lexi, 9 litlle K9 recruits, fantastic.

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Elaine KateneClever girl Lexi

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Marie GoldfinchWell done Lexi what a clever girl

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Shona SloanClever girl Lexi. You have delivered precious cargo 😎

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Lee BuchananWell done Lexi

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Lisa ToejamJulie Phoote. You reckon this is your old foster?

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No'o TouCongrats Lexi

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Rosheen SmthWhat a clever dog.

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The New Zealand Police Dog Section was established in 1956, prompted by a visit by the New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Sidney Holland to the Surrey Constabulary Police School during a state visit to England.
Today the dog section is an integral part of New Zealand Police but this was not always the case and was almost disestablished at one point.

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The New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre is where all handlers and police dogs undergo their training.
Also located on site  is the Breeding Centre.
Core trust goals include the improvement of bloodlines & acquisition of dogs and the recent purchase of 2 breeding bitches from “somewhere” is one of the ways the Trust can support the police dog section.

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ABOUT THE TRUST

The NZ Police Dog Charitable Trust was established in 2005 with funds from the estate the late Shirley Ellwood. Shirley was born in Temuka, New Zealand and died in Brisbane, Australia aged 68 years.  She was respected for her honesty, integrity, forthrightness, determination, compassion and strength.  She is remembered by police staff in NZ and Australia for her volunteer work and her love and respect of dogs. It is this, and the work of the NZ Police Dog Section that inspired her to put this trust in place.  In establishing the trust police worked closely with Christine Oliver, Shirley’s niece who is a trustee.  It was in consultation with Christine that the decision to name the Trust ‘’New Zealand Police Dog Charitable Trust’ was made.  This was to ensure its longevity and to provide an effective means of enabling people to donate and make bequeaths to the trust.  The trust was formally signed off by the Commissioner of Police and the Trustees on December 6, 2005.

Shirley’s intention for the trust was that funds from the trust should be used for:

  • Acquisition of dogs
  • Training of dogs and handlers
  • The improvement of bloodlines in Police Dogs
  • To promote any forms of study, research and educational programmes relevant to the above purposes and objects.

Her wishes formed the foundation of the trust’s objectives. To date, handlers from the NZ Police Dog section have undertaken courses of study in many parts of the world.  This has served to better place the NZ Police Dog Section as a world leader in the training of Police Dogs; including Patrol, Narcotic Detector and Explosive Search Dogs.  Through this exposure NZ Police Dog Training Centre now delivers training to handlers from; NZ Aviation Security Services, NZ Corrections, the Pacific, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

POLICE DOG HISTORY

Visit of New Zealand Prime Minister 1956

VISIT OF NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER 1956

Riley’s dogs on board a boat

RILEY'S DOGS ON BOARD

Riley with Miska on board boat

RILEY & MISKA

First dog handlers 1957

FIRST DOG HANDLERS - 1957

Guppy and Riley

GUPPY & RILEY

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New Zealand Police Force Training School
Dog with Zephyr

POLICE DOG WITH ZEPHYR

Criminal Work
Police Dog Car
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THE POLICE DOG SECTION TODAY

The New Zealand Police Dog Section was established in 1956, prompted by a visit by the New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Sidney Holland to the Surrey Constabulary Police School during a state visit to England.
The first police dogs were brought over from England by PC Frank Riley, who arrived with his trained dog Miska as well as puppy Dante and bitches Karen and Silva. He also brought 12 puppies born during the voyage. Frank Riley soon recruited Alan Symes and Colin Guppy. This group became New Zealand’s first police dog handlers and were widely known as “The Three Musketeers”. Handlers were appointed for the puppies born on the voyage and the newly established dog teams were trained at the Police Dog Training Centre at Trentham, Upper Hutt. The Police Dog Training Centre is still based at this site and is now well known in New Zealand and overseas for its training expertise.

Today the dog section is an integral part of New Zealand Police, but this was not always the case. At one point, Constable Guppy and his dog Dante were told to carry out a tracking exercise in the hills behind the Dog Training Centre. He was told where the decoy “offender” was last seen and Dante picked up the scent. They tracked the “offender” for two hours and found him at 10:58am. Later Constable Guppy found out that if he had not found the “offender” by 11:00am, the dog section would have been disestablished.

BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

Josh and Gazza

Constable Josh Robertson with Police dog Gazza who was shot and killed during an armed incident in Porirua in April 2016. Gazza is the 24th Police dog killed in the line of duty.

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