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Police Values to live by

As a Police Officer, your values–your character and approach to life and work–must match ours. During recruitment, we’re looking for evidence that as a new recruit you’ll work to win the trust and confidence of everyone in New Zealand by living by our values.

Professionalism

Our employees take pride in representing police and making a difference in the communities they serve. Looking and behaving professionally, in combination with expertise, is essential to ensuring colleagues and communities feel safe and are safe. In short, we want to “look the part and be the part”.

Respect

Police should treat everyone with dignity, uphold individual rights and honour their freedoms. We treat others as they would want to be treated. Being respectful of colleagues and the communities we work with builds trust and confidence in the organisation.

Integrity

Police employees need to be honest and uphold excellent ethical standards. Our integrity as individuals, and as an organisation, is critical to building the trust and confidence of our colleagues and the communities we serve.

Commitment to Māori and the Treaty

Police act in good faith of, and respect, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The principles are “partnership”, “protection” and “participation”. Working with Māori is essential to success. Police and Māori stand together, because only together can we build the support and relationships that will reverse the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system.

Empathy

All police employees seek to understand and consider the experience and perspective of the people we serve. It’s about walking in other people’s shoes. Better results will be achieved when we appreciate situations from the point of view of all those we serve and work alongside.

Valuing Diversity

We recognise the value which different perspectives and experiences bring to making us better at what we do. Reflecting the communities we serve and appreciating different thinking will lead to better problem solving and better results.