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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. Youโ€™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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Check out the new soft-toy Police pup โ€˜Hugoโ€™ now available online at The Cop Shop!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปLook who has just arrived here at The Cop Shop!!! Introducing Detector Dog 'Hugo'! Hugo is a mini black labrador measuring 20cm length x 18cm high. For more info on Hugo he has an ear tag explaining what his job entails! To order please visit ...www.thecopshop.nz. 'Hugo' is $15.00! ... See MoreSee Less

Check out the new soft-toy Police pup โ€˜Hugoโ€™ now available online at The Cop Shop!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

 

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Ramil-Marie Kirsten Maxine show danielle!!! Baby muji!

Jake Mora i want one

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Kim Harris who does this look like? ๐Ÿ™ˆ

we need a Hugo Ben Stewart

Nicole Davenport-Kelly you need Hugo!!!

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Melissa Nia teddies!!

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Sarah Jane - it’s Ruger!

Kim Ryan

any shepherds?

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Check out how our operational and detection Police dogs are able to do what they do with their incredible noses...

TED-Ed
Take a look at the science behind how dogs "see" with their noses:
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James Thomas explains why our walks take so long haha Tom Patton sniff sniff sniff

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Check out the pics and post from the awesome team at Sabre Tactical Gear...developers and manaufactors of our world-class Police Dog harness and operational gear that keep our police dogs safe...Happy New Year guys! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปWe had a little visitor from The Cop Shop over the break, got his nose into everything, was a hit with the team ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ #pupperdoggo #apprentice #designedforbattle ... See MoreSee Less

Check out the pics and post from the awesome team at Sabre Tactical Gear...developers and manaufactors of our world-class Police Dog harness and operational gear that keep our police dogs safe...Happy New Year guys! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปImage attachment

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Dog Squad NZ
Wellington Police dog and Dog Squad star Falon shows young Pup Bravo how it goes ...
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Hey Falon I need a lift up can't get up that high yet ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ขBravo is a little cutie xx

This is how it’s done young whippersnapper

So cute ๐Ÿ˜€

Aw he needs a little step!

Lizzie Beynon

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Storm feeding her 7 puppies (5 females and 2 males) that were born on 27.12.18 ๐Ÿพโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿถ ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Madison Hides Natalie Cottier Shaun Comer Koleighne Ford look at the wee upside down black one at the start ๐Ÿ˜

Mumma doggo looks a bit stressed out. Matt

Poor mumma

Too cute

Oh my..this is soooooooo cute :-)

Very nice puppies

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Kate Terry - bless their little fur socks, sooo cute

Jess Dougherty isnt storm a wee beaut. And listen to those hungry pups๐Ÿ˜

Adorable! ♥๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

Hayley McBeath

Oh, what a good Mum!

Lizzie Beynon.

She looks slightly bewildered. Probably overwhelmed

Very sweet she is a clever girl. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wow Storm....there is no hanging back at the milk bar is there๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Beautiful.

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Lisa Wilson. There u go ๐Ÿฅฐ

Hungry wee soles ๐Ÿ˜€beautiful

Greer Claude

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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 siteย  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

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.ย  She was respected for her honesty, integrity, forthrightness, determination, compassion and strength.ย  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.ย  In establishing the trust police worked closely with Christine Oliver, Shirleyโ€™s niece who is a trustee.ย  It was in consultation with Christine that the decision to name the Trust โ€˜’New Zealand Police Dog Charitable Trust’ was made.ย  This was to ensure its longevity and to provide an effective means of enabling people to donate and make bequeaths to the trust.ย  The trust was formally signed off by the Commissioner of Police and the Trustees on December 6, 2005.

Shirleyโ€™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.ย  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.ย  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

RILEY'S DOGS ON BOARD

RILEY & MISKA

FIRST DOG HANDLERS - 1957

GUPPY & RILEY

POLICE DOG WITH ZEPHYR

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

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

ONLINE SHOP

2019 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 aย 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.ย  He tried to be brave, and he was doing well until a bush next to him moved and touched his tail.ย  He jumped and ran straight into Sergeant Aaron’s leg“.

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NZ Police Dog “Mako”

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

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FUNDS DISTRIBUTION

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Please use the secure Paypal link below
or direct to the PDT account as follows:
03-0251-0040111-000