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


Police dogs shine at national championships

Police dogs shine at national championships

After three days of tough competition at the National Police Patrol and Detector Dog Championships the country’s top dogs and handlers have been crowned.

Police dogs and their handlers won two titles and came second in the Narcotic Detector Dog section.

Four-year-old Police dog Oza and handler Constable Craig Moore from Christchurch are this year’s national Police Patrol dog champions and the winners of the Frank Riley Cup.

The pair also won the William Rose Bowl for criminal work disciplines.

Constable Craig Moore says it was a close competition and the victory hasn’t sunk in yet.

“To win has been a goal of mine ever since I joined the Dog Section, and I’m ecstatic.”

“Oza enjoys his job, he’s high spirited and looks after me.”

Second place went to Senior Constable Owen Davies and Quid from Auckland, and Senior Constable Andrew Knox and Ra from Hawke’s Bay came third.

National Coordinator Police Dogs Inspector Todd Southall says the standard across all the championship categories was very high.

“It’s great to see the high calibre of all the championship finalists. They’ve worked extremely hard to get here and to win a title is pretty special. It reflects the work they do day and night keeping our communities and borders safe.”

The top three police patrol dogs all scored over 1000 points which is an outstanding achievement, with only seven points separating the top two dogs and handlers.

Police dog Kea and handler Senior Constable Ross Clarke from Auckland won the Explosive Detector Dog competition and the AVSEC Shield, Senior Constable Hamish Todd and Ezak from Wellington were the runners up.

The Narcotic Detector Dog title was taken out by Auckland based Corrections Officer KT Thomas and Jesse with Wellington’s Senior Constable Matt Fage and Tasman second.

The competition involved a range of activities to test the unique skills of dogs and their handlers and was held in Wellington and Wairarapa.

23 teams from New Zealand Police, Customs, Corrections, Aviation Security and New Zealand Army competed in the three different categories.

Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard presented the prizes at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham this afternoon.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“The BPS and the Treasury’s Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update show we can deliver our promises while running sustainable surpluses and paying down debt...

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>


Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>





Featured InfoPages