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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Absolutely adorable, so very cute.

Absolutely gorgeous

Dreaming of their graduation day.

Gorgeous

Oh my gosh no words too cute ๐Ÿค— he he he ๐Ÿ™„for now... be nice to see them growing up

Gorgeous pups๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ

Awww how adorable ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพโค๐Ÿ’™

Aaaaw ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐcutenesses overload ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•

Beautiful .. so cute...<3

Sorry after years of shepherds,get a maremma they are awesome dogs

Awesome

Omg! It is so exhausting being adorable!!!! ๐Ÿถ

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’•

Boop boop da boop ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜›

Ohhh, I want one!!

All floofed out

Stop it! โค๏ธ

#floofpile

Ranie Liua'ana Rona McCreanor

Kim Ryan

Carl Davis

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2 weeks ago

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Introducing Lexi and her 'P' litter. The 5 males and 2 females were born last week and everybody is doing well โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ ... See MoreSee Less

Introducing Lexi and her P litter. The 5 males and 2 females were born last week and everybody is doing well โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ

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Good girl mum. Little babies , cute๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–

Awesome all so cute

Gorgeous, very protective Mama.๐Ÿ’œ

Good girl Lexi ๐Ÿ•˜๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Look @ you Lexi what a proud mum๐Ÿ’ฅ

Proud Mama Lexi, 7 puppies, well done girl ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•โค

Wow she’s stunning!!

Well done Lexi, you look like such a great Mumma. Pleased that they are all doing so well.๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพโค๏ธxx

Congratulations Lexi

Congratulations beautiful Mama ๐Ÿ˜

My wish for you Lexi is "that All your babies qualify".

Congratulations mummy ๐Ÿ’โค๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’โค

Beautiful ๐Ÿค—

Congratulations Lexi they are looking well cared for by you.

How gorgeous.

Congratulations

Aaaaw Lexi๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ well dune, you be a clever girl๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Congratulations Mama, you are justifiably proud.

Clever girlโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Beautiful

So preciousโฃ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’•

They look awesome

Oh look at that mummy smile

Clever girl

Omg the lil bottom teeth๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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3 weeks ago

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Helping spread this important message. If you only watch one video today...make it this one. Drive safe ... See MoreSee Less

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So sad what a beautiful girl

A very poignant message. Don't scroll past - watch!

Kiriana Wairau-Hunter

3 weeks ago

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Very cool pic! ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

Great car audio. 7 Woofers!

Great pic๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ•

Love it ๐Ÿฅฐ

Awesomeness ๐Ÿš”๐Ÿš”๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ

Togia Pulekula

Ooh where can I get one of those... Holden with Pawlice Canine Security modifications!

My lotto dream ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Paw patrol at it's best, Pretty much what every car needs to come with nowadays, stop those light fingered peeps

Not horse power, pooch power

Greg Wilson

Linda Clouston

Won't last long in a car chase though.

Jaimee Whitelock ๐Ÿฉ ๐Ÿšจ

Effective anti theft deterrent.

Ruby Sandrey ๐Ÿฅฐ

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3 weeks ago

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Introducing Vespa with her 9 puppies that were born yesterday. Vespa had 5 males and 4 females and is doing an amazing job. Mum and pups are all doing well โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ ... See MoreSee Less

Introducing Vespa with her 9 puppies that were born yesterday.  Vespa had 5 males and 4 females and is doing an amazing job.  Mum and pups are all doing well โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜

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She is wonderful lovely photo

Congratulations Vespa. She looks beautiful.

Well done to Vespa, beautiful Mum and her babies will be as beautiful as she is ๐Ÿ’–best breed in the world ๐Ÿ˜Š

Congrats beautiful mama ๐Ÿ˜

What an awesome Mumma after that delivery !!

Beautiful! X

Congratulations Vespa

Congratulations ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Congratulations Vespa. Pleased to hear that you and your little family are doing well.๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BIRTH OF YOUR WHANAU (FAMILY) VESPA WOW AWESOME. FROM SAM AND MUM NEW ZEALAND.

Vespa will be a wonderful Mum.

We have pups too...ours are six weeks. Shepherds are fantastic mums.

Awesome Vespa and pups look very content ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿพ

Congratulations!

Congratulations

Lovely.

Vespa looks a little stunned in this photo ๐Ÿ˜Š She looks like she's bounced back well after her ordeal. 9 puppies is quite something! Congratulations!

Aww so cute

Wow Vespa super mum ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’–

Well done Vespa

Cuteness !!!

What wonderful care you will get Vespa you and your fluffballs will want for nothing

Beautiful

Awesome

Well dune Vespa ๐Ÿ•โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ...beautiful girl ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ

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4 weeks ago

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1 month ago

love this page cheers me up when you see all the bad things happening in nz my 12 year old daughter wants to be a police dog handler๐Ÿ˜Š ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Oh what a bundle of cuteness overload, those eyes are happy, deep & meaningful ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž

So cute, that sweet little face melts your heart.โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Beautiful dog. Make a good poster.

what a gorgeous photo hes just adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh the beautiful E litter!!!

Nice picture

Awwe cute

what a awesome pic well taken ....love the black/white๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Cuter than cute.

Laura ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I’ll have him.

He would be pretty hard to see in the dark

Butafulโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ

Robyn Driver

He will be biting yah bum before yah know it

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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.

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.

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.

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