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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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Evening everyone. Thought it was about time for an update on Grit. 🐺 I managed to get out earlier this week to catch up with him. Here is a short video of him learning to 'track'. This is when a d...

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Desirée AntonWow, Grit is fast! 🙂

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Barbara SterlingGrit is awesome. Hoping to see him at work on Dog Squad in the future.❤️

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Shiree PhibbsWell done Grit....Good Boy 🐕🐕

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Marion RosnerWell done Grit!! (please tell your human to wear gloves...)

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Police Dog Trust shared Counties Manukau Police's video.

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Excellent work by Senior Constable Tony Harris and his police dog Phoenix and local Waiuku staff who all worked together to catch an offender who had just committed an aggravated robbery at a petrol s...

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Sue PhilcoxWell done to a great team

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Shiree PhibbsWell done guys😊

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Giselle DuarteGreat job Phoenix and Tony... 🙂

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Jacqui O'ConnellAwesome job

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Lyn TheobaldWell done.

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Janice BulkGreat team ...great work.

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Barbara SterlingHigh Fives to Constable Tony Harris and Phoenix. The work you do is greatly appreciated. Thank you for keeping the Community safe.

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Ezra Anita HunterWell done Phoenix for keeping us safe.

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Trish OxenbridgeLook at Phoenix go. Awesome

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Sue GledhillG8 WORK GUYS

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The dogs and handlers currently on course visited some of the staff from ASB bank today. Thanks to Laura and the team for making us feel so welcome 🙂
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Laura SwinburneThanks so much for coming out! We absolutely loved it 😊

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Khaliq JanVery Nice

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Kaitlin HarnettAwesome photos

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Barbara SterlingBeautiful photo. Look forward to seeing Wyla on Dog Squad in he future.❤️

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Kath JeffsYou cute wee thing....look forward to seeing you grow with the team...

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Bernie RidderLovely face great smile nice sharp teeth for the criminals

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Jennifer PerkinsYou look the part already Wyla

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Kaye SwansonJust looks so keen to get on with the job. Good boy. 😀

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Georgina WilkinsOMG... Look at this beautiful little guy... "can't wait to get started"!

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Valerie HopkinsonHe's a darling,,can we please have a hug a Police Dog Day,,

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Lee BuchananHey there handsome boy.

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Kaitlyn GraceCourtney Main its my baby girl having her big adventure 😍😍😍

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Kathy KennedyThis is my baby girl.........such a good pup, full of energy.

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Ann KennedyGrace Libby, Gail, Kim, Toni, Richard, Kerry, Hollie, Stephanie-Mel L & Kathy's new puppy!

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Toni NewAww cuuute !!

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Toni NewSammi Laurie Demi-Ann Lance's new puppy 😁❤

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Richard McphunHello Wyla what a beautiful specimen you are! Good luck with your new job, hi Lance n Kathy hope alls well in your world. Love n hugs Dick n Marlene

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Grant Rachel PorterGuess he's still growing into those ears!

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Karen JarkiewiczLooks keen, piercing eye contact 😍

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Carol BainJust cruzin....

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Stephen MunroNICE DOGGIE

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Olivia TutakiSarah Whatman baby girl is a big pup now 😂❤️🙌🏽

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Olivia TutakiAriane Gleeson baby girl went out for the first time the other day 🙌🏽❤️

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Karen DockleyWyla looks primed for action 👍😄

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Olivia TutakiKaitlyn Grace everyone is calling baby Wyla a boy 😂

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Saini Tafaoga Amueli'vaitaiSo cute

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Peter GreenWYLA WAIT

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Gaile ClaytonI could hug him .

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Police Dog Trust shared Waikato District Police's post.

Congratulations Mark & Valko 🙂
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Can we get a round of applause..?! This is Valko and his handler Sergeant Mark Sandford being congratulated by the Police Commissioner. Last week Valko graduated from the Police Dog Training Centre...

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Lyn TheobaldWell done.

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Vicki Purchaseawesome

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Shiree PhibbsWell done Valco and Mark 😊😊

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Barbara SterlingCongratulations to Sergeant Mark Sandford, and Police Dog Valko, you will make a formidable team. I look forward to seeing you both on The Dog Squad. Stay safe out there.

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Martin WilliamsonGood luck

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Jane HoughtonCongrats that's awesome

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Serena McDonald'ROUND OF APPLAUSE' well done

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Jacqui BremnerCongratulations

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Leisuretime Spa & Pool CoversWell done !!

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Glenda O'DonovanClap,clap,clap,clap...round of applause ..congratulations 🙂

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Rona TataurangiGet em crims Boi.

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Georgina WilkinsGood Boy. You will do great things.

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Sharon McleodWhat litter is this?

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Bernie RidderAren't the cute

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Courtney PedersenAllison Pedersen I've decided Marlie (spelt the same as the girls) is going to be a German Shepherd puppy

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Lynette DaviesOh so cute - Jen Dvs

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Trish OxenbridgeMumma and her beautiful babies having playtime in the sun

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Rona TataurangiU 2 Mama & kidz

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Anthony SmithI want one

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Colleen Tutburycan i have two plz

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Liz WilliamsFabulous pictures.

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Bridget BekhuisSophie Mclean

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Bev SyverstonOhh all beautiful.

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Denise HardingWow so cute

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Alexandria GéorgántisJono Bewley please 😍

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Cathy CheesmanWhat a cutie

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Julie ClarkVery cute😍

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Jennifer PerkinsBeautiful ❤

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Rosheen Smthwhat a lovely photo. handsome wee dog.

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Sara FordCute

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Trish OxenbridgeWhat a magnificent wee baby. I would hug you and love you and train you to be a good boy too

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Liz WilliamsGorgeous.

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Angela ReadeKevin Reade can I have one pleeeeeeaaaasssseee

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Rona TataurangiGo get em puppy. U get those crims

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Ezra Anita HunterGorgeous

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Lynette DaviesJenna Davies

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Jen DvsMic Rnke

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Lee BuchananBeautiful.

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Julie WaltersGirl power ❤️

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Cathy CheesmanWow so beautiful.

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Mel PlowsVery nice puppy

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Ngan Soai TruongWould love to foster litter omg so cute

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Julie ClarkWow lovely❤️

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Ang HodgsonParis Short

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Rose BrownClever mama

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Valerie HopkinsonSweeet

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Leah EvansDelta, Dingo, Dart, Digger, Dash, Dalia, Diamond ☺

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Lyn TheobaldCute.

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Barbara SterlingBeatiful.

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Yvette KinleyAwesome Issy well done

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Marion RosnerDeanna. Data. Yes I'm a Trekkie. 😀

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Rosheen SmthClever lady, beautiful babies.

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Shona SloanWell done Issy, beautiful puppy bundles of yumminess 😍

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Trish OxenbridgeOh mumma what a clever girl to produce such beautiful babies. Rather a lot though so I hope they dont wear you out especially when they start running around

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Liz WilliamsOh WOW!

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Dot Louieooo... cute little ones here.

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Beverley Gordon-BennettMy favourite dogs. Such a proud mom of her puppies.

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Sonja RankinDelilah, Degan, Devone, Danbo, Daisen, Della, Donte and Donald ?

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Elaine KateneWell done mama dog!

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Lee BuchananGood on you Issy look's like your a great mum job well done xx

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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

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

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

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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