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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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3 days ago

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Congratulations to our five dogs and handlers who graduated from pawlice college yesterday! 🐶

They're off to start work in Dunedin, Gisborne, Auckland, and Timaru. It can be a ruff job but they make a pawfect team.

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🎊 to ya'll Paw-fection well done very proud fan God Bless😇🐶🐈

Congratulations to you all, stay safe out there!

Congratulations to these fine new K9 officers and their partners.

Congratulations on your graduation, keep up the good work 🙂

Good luck in everything you do! There is a long road ahead.

Jen Dvs

Love the 2nd dog look...did ya click yet did ya click yet😁😂😁

The dog 2nd from left 😍😍

Congrats to you all go well.

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1 week ago

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Police Dog Trust reached 10,000 likes!Thanks for being a part of the Police Dog Trust community! Share this Page with friends to help more people learn about it. ... See MoreSee Less


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1 week ago

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Beautiful pups!!

Yum 🙂

Grace Reade Dave Whitfield Louise Jacob Sean Jacob

Andrew Moore 😍

Oh so cute

So cute

Ena Kosovac !!!!

John-Gail Harpin 😮

Double cutenesssss

A pair of good looking recruits ☺☺☺

I have the one on the right

I want a puppy

Awww I want one 😍

Does not get any sweeter


Sooooo cute!


‘Ready for The Call’.


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2 weeks ago

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Beautiful bubbas.❤

Awwwwwwwwwww such adorable babies

Aww beautiful 💖

They are absolutely beautiful fur babies, and so cuddly.❤️🐾🐾

Oh my all that rolly polly cuteness


Renee Gilmour

Aww beautiful..

Awwww absolutely gorgeous thanks for the pictures

Awww they are so gorgeous these beautiful puppies.

Love to be the baby sitter please

So lovely - any royal names?

Lovely babies love to see them at 8 wks 👍🐾🐾

They gorgeous😘😘

Ena Kosovac 😮



Sam Sharp

Aw wow doesn't that just make your day! 🐾🐾thank you so much 4 sharing them to us 🐾 just gorgeous

They are gorgeous


Megan Algie

Emile Nooapii aw my heart 😍


Love to have one

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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So cute

Nice photo. xx

Hope he got who he was chasing

Awesome photo

Ready and alert

Happy boy ready for action 👍

Gorgeous boy

Gorgeous looking Police Dog, ‘ready on command’ by his Handler.

Gorgeous boy ❤️🐾

He's ready!

Awesome pic

Very impressive

Big hug love the smile

Our boy Jake on the left and Bax on the right. Helping out with the firewood this season 🐶🐶 police dogs in Wanganui

Kim Ryan

Beautiful dogs

Lis Lawler

Who is this boy, he looks like my Pace...

I miss Gaza!

Beautiful soul <3

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2 months ago

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"What's going on in here?"

Let us in..let us in oh please let us in..

This one needs to be on the next calendar

No need for words - although I'd say intelligently curious!! -

Jemma Bree

Beautiful <3

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2 months ago

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Sarah Kerr

Jessica Barrett potential work trip!


WOW Cutenesss

Did Gypsy have a solo puppy? Any litter mates?

Lauren Hollmann! 😍

One puppy in the litter? Gorgeous wee button

Oh goodness!

Very special little girl. Clever girl Gypsy. 🎈

Gorgeus mum and baby, is it unusual to just have one pup? 💖😊

Rochelle Olendzki-Schulz

Only one pup beautiful girlz..

So cute puppy.

So very cute. Mum looks sooo proud. 🐾🐾

Brendon A Exeter gorgeous!

Madison 😍


Must be Gypsy's Luck.

Not bad genes in these ones Josh Robertson......well a good uncle anyway 😉

Theresa Taylor

So cute <3

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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.

Where the funds go


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.









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.


The Wall of Remembrance at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre was unveiled in March 2017, recognising the 24 dogs killed on duty.


2018 Police Dog Trust Wall Calendar

The thirteen exquisite photographs featured in this year’s calendar, have again been carefully captured and selected as part of a photography competition held by the professional photographers of the New Zealand Police Forensic Imaging Section from all over New Zealand.

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The Adventures of Police Dog Zeus

Children’s Book – By Sue Burridge – Illustrated by Stephen Guy
The final and hardest test for Zeus was at night.  He tried to be brave, and he was doing well until a bush next to him moved and touched his tail.  He jumped and ran straight into Sergeant Aaron’s leg“.

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NZ Police Dog “Mako”

New Zealand Police Dog “Mako” – Police patrol dogs now have their own protective vests to keep them safe while they’re on the job.  Stab-resistant multi-purpose ‘Mako’ harnesses  which feature two layered polymer panels to shield the vital organs from stabbing and slashing. 

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