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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3 weeks ago

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Love love love sheppy tongues ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Very nice beautiful dogs

Essential police tools awesome.

Beautiful Working Police Dogs.

Cuties โคโค


Definitely feel in safe paws.

Aren't we handsome. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

Majestic intelligent dogs.

What dog is on the left?

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3 months ago

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Dogs in togs at Waikanae Pool 2019. Thanks to Jane Dunn for the amazing photos ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ ... See MoreSee Less

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Kez Casey this looks chaotic

Work/life balance. Perfect ๐Ÿพ

Looks like an awesome day!!! So much fun!

Sarah Northover Tim Ian Northover

Sarah Nicholson

Barbara Smith

Kallum Smith Joel Spellacey Corey Longstaff Marshall-Reilly Anton Jacques Angus McPherson happy Friday x

Mikaela Hess

Clair Boyd thought you would like. Close to where I live. X

Bernadette Brown

Hannah 'Welshy' Simkiss

Such happy faces ๐Ÿ˜

Jaimee Whitelock ๐Ÿฉ

Awesome photos ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ

Marc, puppy heaven ๐Ÿ˜

Aww such fun..

Awesome pics ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ My girl loved the water


Liam Raphael ๐Ÿ˜ so many good boys

Emma Clark is that willa hahaha

Can I have one please. Missing my GS who passed away.

Cara Jane

Amy Trybula


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3 months ago

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Amazing pictures

the joy๐Ÿ˜Š

My half german sheapard police pup i breed would of loved to play in the pool wit thoss woof wolfs too

Yes kuujoe was once a baby part wolf like yr own canine team,cute factor much..love the breed

Pandemonium....love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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3 months ago

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A very big thank you to Wainuiomata Pool for letting some of the Police Dogs come for a swim this morning ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ A lot of fun had by everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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How cool hope they all had a nice swim

Jaimee Whitelock ๐Ÿฉ

Gaia O'Hare

Isaac Rufus Stephen!

What gorgeous creatures Jayden Jess Luke Troy Jaimee

They have smiles on their faces. Lots of fun.

Would have loved to come and watch that fun !

They look so neat, but how come no handlers in with them? ๐Ÿ˜„

Gorgeous looks like they had heaps of fun

Bernadette Brown โคโค

Shane Tanner ๐Ÿ˜

Jessica Simpson

So cute..they loved it !

Claudia Still-Howard Lesley Thompson

beautiful good on the pool they sure look liked they enjoyed it๐Ÿ˜

Love it..Such Fun..

They look like they are having a great time

They look like they all had a fantastic time

What brand of dog food to you give to your K9s?

Wish I’d been there... โค๏ธโค๏ธ Good to see our canine blue line having some fun...

Gorgeous dogs!

Aren't they beautiful. Big hug for a great job protecting us

I am so jealous that must have been fun

Nice to see something so innocent and happy on FB xx

Fabulous photos!

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3 months ago

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m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=982375418626410&id=235735769957049Hats off to our amazing Police Force. I am sure things would have been a lot worse if not for our well-trained, brave men and woman.After all the stress of Friday, last night we had an interesting happening. I had a call on hospital phone that a Police Dog Unit had accidently hit a pukeko, (it happens, pukeko have no road sense) They were aware there was a baby pukeko that was still alive. Within a very short time we had 2 armed handlers arrive at the hospital, 2 dogs woofing noisily from back of van. They were in full regalia !!! A tiny alive pukeko baby wrapped in some navy police overalls. Surreal!! Both were armed, and the policewoman asked for something to clean pukeko poo off her machine gun !!

After all their stress of the previous 24hrs, these two still had the love and compassion to bring a tiny pukeko to us to rear.

The baby is doing really well, and we have called it SWAT !
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Well done to the 2 officers!!

Gaia O'Hare you’ll love this.

Anna Kemp ๐Ÿ’œ


Very special police going beyond the call of duty to show their love. ♥๏ธ

Jason Ingram

That is so cool genuinely nice people who care. Thank you nz police ๐Ÿ˜Š


Graeme Pridgeon

Melissa Brown

Rhianna Litherland

Dave McCarthy

This is.... The NZ Police...

Love it

Love it !!!

Well done guys.

Phoebe Robb something you’ll do one day ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Carlie Simpson

Awesome โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก

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5 months ago

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Thanks for the photo Jane Dunn Photography ๐Ÿ˜€

Jessica Simpson

Please mum ... lets go find a hooman to chase ๐Ÿ˜‰

So fascinated by the tongue. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

I love these black masked shepherds ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿพ

Any retiered 1z to give away..๐Ÿ˜Š

Wow Dad your teeth are big. Yes son great to get the bad people with.๐Ÿ˜€♥๏ธ

Kerri Dewhurst

Great photo

Erin Smith

Beautiful ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’•

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5 months ago

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Some photos from the Dog Training Centre ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful puppies

Sabrina these pawlice dogs should make you smile

Oh wow so very cute

Bring on the doggy pics! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Just beautiful ๐Ÿ’–

Total cuteness I love them all. โค๏ธ

Cuteness overload, guaranteed to put a smile on anyones face

So gorgeous love them all

Georgia Florance ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Mel Clarke

Lovely ♥๏ธ๐Ÿพ♥๏ธ๐Ÿพ♥๏ธ

Aww police puppies๐Ÿ’˜

Would love to be able to see these boys/girls put through their paces xxx

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5 months ago

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๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐ŸคฃWhen you show up to work nervous on your first day ... See MoreSee Less


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Such a sweet face. Gorgeous colourings.

Ranie Liua'ana

Shaun Parauri ๐Ÿค—


๐Ÿ˜ขโค๏ธ the first day’s always the worst

Sam ๐Ÿ˜

How sweet is this x

Awwe cute

So cute!


The officers not bad either.

Cheyenne Mcmahon Brittany McMahon

Awwww look how cute Kelly Rankin


Kelsie Whitty cuuuute

Dog looks a bit overwhelmed as well.

Ashleigh Jade

O beautiful needs cuddles


Love love love ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿถ

Mick Voneinem nervous puppy obviously due to there silly choices of breeders

Helen Kehoe

Sam Bennett ๐Ÿ˜

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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.


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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