Police dogs at Te Rito

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He Kurī Pirihimana ki Te Rito

By Clayton Cook

I tētehi ata mākūkū o te hōtoke ki waho o te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito me Te Kākano o Te Kura Kōhanga Reo, i rangonā e ngā tamariki me ngā Pouako te reka o ngā kurī Pirihimana me ā rātou mahi parahau i te hāpori nei.

I whakaaturia e Shane Durston, Pirihimana Matua nō Te Papaioea rāua ko Pirihimana Regan Woodmass, nō Ngāti Pareraukawa, Taitoko, ngā kurī e rua ki te Kura, ko Vice rāua ko te kurī kūao kāore anō kia tapaina.

E toru ngā kūao Alsatians kua whakatu- puria e Regan ā 9 wiki noa iho te pakeke o te kūao nei. Ka 16 mārama te roa o te whakangungu i te kurī kia rite ai ia ki te mahi kurī Pirihimana.

50% noa iho o ngā kurī ka whakaaetia, ā, i roto i ngā marama 16 ka whakangungua ia kurī i ngā whakangungu e 3, 20 rā te roa.

E kaingākau ana a Regan ki ana mahi ‘He nui tō wā ka pau’ i a ia e menemene ana.

E 5 tau noa iho te roa o te mahi a ngā kurī nei: ka rua tau te whakangungu, ā, eke rawa ki te whitu tau te pakeke, ka tō te rā ki ana mahi.

Ko ngā mahi a ngā kurī nei, ko te rapu tangata, ko te whaiwhai, ko te whakaora marurenga, ko te mauhere hunga hara. He koi ngā ihu o ngā kurī ki te whai i te haunga o te tangata, ao noa, pō noa.

‘Kei Te Papaioea a Vice me Shane, heoi he wā tōna ka kitea ia i Ōtaki’ tana kī.

E tino ū ana te hononga o te kurī me tana kaitiaki “ki te kore e toa, e kore e tutu”.

E kitea rawatia ana te whakapono a tētehi ki tētehi.

Tāpaina te Kuao Kurī Pirihimana

I tēnei wā, ko ‘L pup’ tana ingoa. Ko te wero a Regan ki a koutou kia tapaina ia.

E whai ana ngā tamariki o Te Rito i tēnei kēhi!! E kitea ai te kuao pīwari nei me haere ki:

https://www.facebook.com/ManawatuPo- lice/photos/ and look for the cutest little dog!

At Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito in Te Rauparaha street on a damp winter’s morning, staff and students enjoyed learning about how Police dogs help protect the community.

Senior Constable Shane Durston from Palmerston North and Constable Regan Woodmass from Levin showed police dog Vice and an unnamed trainee police puppy to teachers and children.

Regan has raised 3 Alsatian puppies, and this one was only 9 weeks old. It takes 16 months for a puppy to become a qualified police dog. There is only a 50% acceptance rate, and over the 16 months, each puppy will undergo three 20-day training courses before they’re ready for police work. Regan enjoys the challenge: ‘it takes a lot of your own time’ he said with a big grin. Police dogs have a working life of only 5 years: after two years training they will retire, aged seven.

Dogs are used for Search & Rescue, tracking, victim recovery and apprehending offenders. They’re very effective at following offender’s scent, particularly at night. ‘Vice is based in Palmerston North with Shane, but is seen in Ōtaki occasionally’, he said.

Dog and handler form a strong bond. ‘if we can’t win, we won’t put them in’ he said. Loyalty between these dogs and their handler is obvious.

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Help name the Police Puppy

Help name the Police Puppy Right now he’s only known as the ‘L pup’.

Regan’s challenge is for you to give him a name. The children of Te Rito are on his case! go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ManawatuPolice/photos/ and look for the cutest little dog!

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