Hello, officers: New Zealand Police welcome first police pups of the year

New Zealand Police celebrated the New Year with the arrival of four fluffy new officers-in-training.

Police dog Gear welcomed her four puppies on New Year's Day, the first police pups of 2019.

Three are male and one is a female, police wrote on Facebook. The young German shepherds were delivered by caesarean section.

"Welcome to the world 'D' litter!" police said.

The furry arrivals haven't been named yet but will all be given named starting with a 'D', per police procedure.

Already members of the public have become suggesting their own names in the comments, with 'Delta' proving to be a particularly popular suggestion.

However not all of the litter are guaranteed to become official officers of the law. Those who don't make it through the gruelling training are adopted out to other families.

"The ones we breed here, we look at only 50 percent of them making, because that's the standard that we have to have these dogs at," Inspector Todd Southall, the Police Dogs National Co-ordinator, told Newshub at the last police dog graduation.

Police were unable to confirm which district the pups are from when contacted by Newshub.


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