Nine detector dog teams bound for Wellington, Auckland and Fiji have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College’s Dog Training Centre.
The addition of three new dogs boosts the New Zealand Customs Service’s detector dog capability to 14 teams, with 10 located in Auckland and the remainder split between Wellington and Christchurch.
The six graduating Fijian handlers and their dogs have been trained as part of the New Zealand Customs and Police Fiji Detector Dog Project, which has introduced detector dogs to the island nation in a bid to prevent criminals using Fiji as a transit point for illicit goods, such as drugs, in the Pacific.
The New Zealand Customs Acting Group Manager for People and Capability, Paul Campbell, says this second batch of graduates increases the number of teams that can be used in Fiji to eight, and allows for deployment in Suva for the first time.
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