New Zealand Police dogs get new Škoda vehicles
Police New Zealand recently shared a press release on new purpose-built dog Škoda vehicles designed to be more dog-friendly, user-friendly and faster to deploy from.
A prototype 206kW Škoda Superb Station Wagon was produced in late 2022 by Police partner Wade Group and trialled by operational dog units. The trial was a success; handlers reported the vehicle was more dog-friendly, user-friendly, and faster to deploy from.
Feedback from handlers did see tweaks to the “dog pod” temperature settings, reconfiguration of the storage compartments and changes to some of the vehicle controls.
“We’ve got a dog vehicle that’s more functional and robust for staff, and prioritises the welfare of our dogs,” says Inspector Brian Yanko, Manager for the NZ Police Fleet Service Group.
Read the full press here.