Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Nick And Ben: a Sniffing Success

Nick And Ben: a Sniffing Success


Nick Rongokea and Ben

Manawatu Prison Dog Handler Nick Rongokea and his springer spaniel Ben are one of two teams representing Corrections at the National Police Dog Championships in Trentham next week.

The duo recently claimed the top spot in the Department of Corrections’ detection dog trials which puts handlers and their dogs through all aspects of their work including searching people, cars, buildings and outside areas for drugs.

The top two teams from Corrections go though to the national champs, where they compete against the best Police and Customs dog teams in the narcotic detection section.

Corrections’ National Manager Detector Dog Services John Gallagher said the Department’s top two handlers and their dogs were identified after a rigorous round of trials.

“Last week we put our 15 detection dog teams through their paces, testing them in many challenging situations.

“Corrections dogs are trained to recognise and seek out even the smallest quantities of various drugs and other contraband items to stop them entering our prisons.

“This gives a high level of assurance to the public in our commitment to keeping our prisons safe and free of contraband,” he said.

Nick and Ben are based at Manawatu Prison and also travel to Whanganui Prison, Hawkes Bay Regional Prison and Waikeria Prison to support the detection dog teams at those prisons.
The dogs inspect prisoner property and cells as well as searching visitors, their vehicles, and property posted or couriered into New Zealand’s prisons.

Nick and Ben will represent the Department alongside 2nd place getters Hamilton-based John Sharpe and his german shepherd Aysa.

The National Police Dog Championships will be held at Trentham from 19 – 21 May.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Beef With Google

There’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly change the anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making.

Essentially, the case involved Google’s alleged abuse of the stranglehold it enjoys on the online advertising associated with its search activities. More>>

 
 

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog