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Miska, the first New Zealand police dog, 1957

This 1957 newsreel clip shows Miska, New Zealand's first official police dog, and her handler, Sergeant Frank Riley. The then prime minister, Sidney Holland, had seen the work of the Surrey Constabulary police dog school, and arranged for Riley to migrate to New Zealand. He arrived with the fully trained Miska and five other German shepherds, including two puppies born on the voyage. They were the first recruits for the Dog Training Centre at Trentham, Upper Hutt.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 61. National Film Unit, 1957

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Richard S. Hill, 'Police - Modern policing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/33871/miska-the-first-new-zealand-police-dog-1957 (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012