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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6 days ago

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Puppies, puppies, puppies ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚ Have a great weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

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Some lucky person has the job of looking after these beautiful girls and their gorgeous babies! I WANT that job. Call me ๐Ÿ“ž ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

they are so gorgeous, tiny and very very very cuddly ๐Ÿ™‚

Gorgeous takes your breath away. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Beautiful babies๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿถ

Omg so many little Pawlice ๐Ÿ˜ . Super adorable ๐Ÿ˜

Good proud mother gorgeous babies

Omg future little law officers hehe๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฎ

Adorable Family๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

OMG so cute


Awww cutie pies!

I have picked mine and i'm coming to get it๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

More than happy to help babysit...๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿพ

Georgous georgous georgous x x

Just beautiful โคโคโคโคโคโคโค

Darren our dream dogs ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ how gorgeous are they all? ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

So very cute

Beautiful ๐Ÿ’–

so cute โค


And to you all โค

Too cute โค๐Ÿพ


One proud mama.'

Tom Patton little furry jellybeans

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4 weeks ago

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Floofs making frens

All the better to hear you with. Those ears are the s..t. ๐Ÿ‘€

Nah bro, your breath dont smell. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜˜

Well are you going to tell on me or what!!!!!!!

Now that's a rare photo.

Social distancing please ๐Ÿ˜

Would that be Solo?.

Darren look at the colouring on this gorgeous pup ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ

So so cute


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4 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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Forget the alleged. The creep needs to go down for what he did to McCaw.

Get well soon McCaw.

What a beauty. ๐Ÿป

How can he be allegedly stabbed?

Jaimee Whitelock ๐Ÿ˜

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1 month ago

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Vespa with her 'U' litter triplets ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿถ ... See MoreSee Less

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How old is Vespa? โค๏ธ

Gorgeous gorgeous ‘balls of fluff’....mischievous too. ๐Ÿ’•

Such beautiful babies great job Vespa ๐Ÿฅฐ

Pretty cute. Busy little bees. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Oh Vespa you have beautiful family โค

Good work Vespa! I want one of your natural breed pups!

Laura Robertson Our girl oskis mum, little brother and sistersโค

Clever Girl Vespa ๐Ÿ˜

Vespa what a cool name.

Nice kids Vespa๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Victoria Adcock

Yvette Merrin

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1 month ago

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Enjoy some Friday puppy pics ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ ... See MoreSee Less

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What dear little puppies. Yous are so good with them๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Sooo cute. They call it puppy ๐Ÿถ love.

Jenny Jones Tash Jones remember when Zeus and Nova were this little ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

puppies love๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

That would be my ultimate dream professional puppy cuddler ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

Love the ears. gorgeous xx

Omg such cuties โคโคโคโคโค so much floof โคโคโคโคโค

Where do I sign up as a volunteer Police Puppy snuggler ๐Ÿฅฐ

Oh my eyes ! So much smooshy in one post ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

gorgeous puppies

hi what letter litter is this lot please?

Kia IRA our future community protectors

So so cute

OMG cute alert

I soooo want 1 ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿพ

Tracey *all* the floofs!!

Joan Undy

Again, show Chris please Hayley McBeath

Alexa Caballes

Ben Porter

Anna Hocquard Shauni Stoffel FRIDAY FLOOOOOF <3

Jess Choi

McKaylah Simpson earflop #fridayfloof for your eyeballs!

Tom Patton

Taine Morgan/Aaron Barratt

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3 months ago

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First time mum Veil with her litter of 9 puppies โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ• ... See MoreSee Less

First time mum Veil with her litter of 9 puppies โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•

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I hope she been with her pups ALL the time Best wishes to them all and they will have a happy life ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅฐ

Beautiful mum with her pups.. Congratulations๐Ÿ’•.

How beautiful congratulations to Veil and puppies ๐Ÿฆด๐Ÿ•‍๐Ÿฆบ♥

Well done sweetie... Your babies are gorgeous! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Congratulations Veil on your first litter of nine beautiful puppies.

Congratulations Veil, 9 is a paw full. Best wishes on raising your pups. You’ve got this!

Beautiful mama... congratulations team...๐Ÿ’–

Beautiful Mum cute pups

Congratulations beautiful mum and pup

Beautiful! She looks up like ‘help me!’ ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคฃ

Good Girl Mum and Hello puppies ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ•

Well done sweet Veil! They are so gorgeous!!!

Congratulations Veil. Nine sons and daughters, wow. You look like you will be a truly awesome mama.

Well done Veil, what a beautiful litter. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพโค๏ธxx

Ahhh she looks tired bless her.

Great job Veil, they are all beautiful.

aww beautiful congrats Veil <3

Wow !!! 9 little puppies. Now, that’s a lot to feed and care for. Hopefully Veil is well looked after and given V.I.P. Treatment. ๐Ÿ’•

Mama looks bewildered by all those puppy beans. It's a what did I do moment

Clever girl Veil. Well done x

Oh my goodness congratulations ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘


Wow that is a big litter, amazing.โค

Good job Veil, and let’s not forget all the hard working highly trained staff in the background who do an amazing job ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Well done beautiful girl xx

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4 months ago

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Introducing first time mum Freja with her 5 puppies (2 males, 3 females) ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿ• ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you know what letter this litter will be?

What’s dads name?

Beautiful! mumma looks just like my girl who didn’t quite make it as a police dog as she wasn’t aggressive enough but she is the most amazing family pet!!

She is so sweet, such beautiful eyes, dear little puppies.

Good girl mama. Beautiful babies๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’•

Beautiful family. โค๏ธ

Well done Freja what beautiful wee pups ♥

One very proud Mumma ๐Ÿพ

She's so proud ๐Ÿ’—

So tiny and what a proud mummy !!

Proud mum โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautiful ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

Oh they just look like little dots and she's so proud. That black, you won't see them at night, just a magic high vis harness trotting around...๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Well done girl. ๐Ÿ’œ

Very cute

omg they are tiny mum is a lovely looking mum๐Ÿ˜

Oh beautiful โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Great job mama

Awww, clever girl!!

Good girl ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿพ

Good job mama! โค


Well done young lady๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

She looks a wee bit overwhelmed โค๏ธ

Good Gal xx

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4 months ago

I thought I'd share where my 'pup' sits......... ... See MoreSee Less

I thought Id share where my pup sits.........
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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


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.









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.