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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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5 days ago

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Oh my..these are just lovable wee pups 🙂

gorgeous bundles of fluff ❤️

Greer Claude

They are so lovely and cuddly looking .

Dallas Wearing

Ambah Lintern

Ben Wright !!!!

They have grown so much ❤️ so big! Nice to see Novas foster child ❤️

Paw-fectly gorgeous ...


Aawwww so very cute 🐾🐾

keep the good work with the puppies

Natalie Jane oh wow I need one 😍

Angela Reade Grace Reade Andy Mason Debbie Mason Victoria Dee Mason


Nicole Davenport-Kelly dream job.... To work here lol.

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1 week ago

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Congratulations to all handlers and dogs 😀Congratulations to Tauranga Police Dog Team, Senior Constable Mark Chapman and Mario who are the 2018 NZ Police Patrol Dog Champions.

After three days of intense competition they collected the Frank Riley Cup for the overall championship and also the William Rose Bowl for criminal work and building search.

Runner up was Constable Elyse Lewis and Mist from Whangarei with Snr Const Shane Durston with Luke from Palmerston North.

Snr Const Chris Harris and Floyd from Auckland Police won the narcotics detector dog championship and Lance Corporal Leslie Tawhara and Iris from NZDF won the explosives detector category.

Look out for more detail on the competition later.

Left to right: Snr Const Chris Harris, Snr Const Shane Durston, Snr Const Mark Chapman, and Constable Elyse Lewis.
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Congratulations to all handlers and dogs 😀


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Nice juxtaposition of facial expression between grinning officer second from right and his solemn doggo

Congratulations well done Tauranga Police Dog Team

4 weeks ago

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Congratulations to our new handlers Regan & Marcus and their crime fighting doggos South & Vann who graduated yesterday and will be hitting the streets in Dunedin soon 🐾 #pawlice ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to all.

Dream job..Congratulations❤🐾

I want one

Angela Reade, Grace Reade, Andy Mason, Debbie Mason, Victoria Dee Mason

Congratulations and well done to your handlers, Go South and Vann

Go well you lovely dogs and Handlers 🙂

Congratulations to South and Vann and their mates Regan and Marcus. May you have many happy years together 🐾🐕🐾🐕💚💚

Well done South & Vann! Congrats on becoming fully graduated "bad boy hunters". From the Social NZ Shepherd Group.

Kim Ryan

Congratulations 👊

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4 weeks ago

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Indie had 7 puppies last night (4 males and 3 females). Mum and pups are all doing well 🐾❤️🐾 ... See MoreSee Less

Indie had 7 puppies last night (4 males and 3 females). Mum and pups are all doing well 🐾❤️🐾


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How adorable ❤❤❤

Awwww cute

Awwwwww 💜

Well done Indie they will keep you busy for a while. I was just thinking of all those cuddles.🐕 ❤❤

So cute.,,Congratulations Indie....Wishing you a happy and safe journey....<3

Oh how gorgeous. Proud mama xxxx

Well done Indie, your babies are adorable.❤️❤️🐾🐾

Melody Khamis

Nicole Davenport-Kelly <3 <3

Paula, Maddison, Sean, Fee, Bob

Luke Chippindale that face 😍😍


Awwwwwww so cute

Good girl!! she looks very pleased!

Gorgeous. Arent they tiny wee scraps for the first few days

Don't you look so proud Indie clever girl. ♥️

Aww so tiny

Proud mum.... awesome...safe and happy careers for them all. Congratulations.

Great work Indie. That's one happy mama.

Krina Patel she looks so proud 😍

Good job Indie!! 💖💖

Jerilee Danks Paikea Cindy Robinson THE SIZE OF THEM!!! 😍😍😍

Congratulations Indie..job well done beautiful girl 🙂

Hayley McBeath ❤

Anne E Henderson

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2 months ago

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So cute

This just made my day to much cuteness!!

Ridiculously cute!!!!

Tanya Bockett

Beautiful puppy! Want to hug him

Aww what a little stunner

Georgia holy shit!😍


Dallas Wearing

Ashleigh Cantwell

Haley Story


Scrumptious puppy. ‘Love the Look’, Gorgeous eyes.

Beautiful puppy

Precious bundle xxx


Such cuteness handsome,

Awwww baby, wat a tease!

i want one awwwwwwwww!

To the trainer/handler,Take good care of that one. You can see the potential

Oh so gorgeous

Absolutely gorgeous

Kelly Middleton

Kamryn Brown

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2 months ago

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Welcome to the police force, Kase! 🐶
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Stu Cann are you next?

Gurt St

Loved to hear the comments about Kosmo back at work and doing well at the job ❤

Great story well done .such beatiful dogs .would love to work with them

HunterDan Turner here he is again Andrew Lillie


Dianne Squires-Griffiths it's a sign!

Tilly Walter Stanley

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3 months ago

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So beautiful 😇🙏❤💙


omg that shepherd is the spitting image of my, passed now, angel😢

What a fab looking lab, she is a credit to your breeding programme 👍



Photo bomb doggie 😁😂😃😄

Gorgeous K9s🐾🐾🐾

Who's got the longest tongue?

Tony Indi and Drake lol

Happy looking dogs ❤

Awesome looking dogs I wish you sold them especially to old ladies

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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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