New Cops | Do you care enough?

There are many good reasons to join NZ Police.

You’ll get the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the community around you. To reflect these responsibilities, you’ll benefit from a great salary package.

You'll learn valuable skills from day one and there will be loads of opportunities to branch out into different roles. Check out the benefits of joining police below.

An exciting career

Working for NZ Police is both challenging and exciting. You’ll carry out your duties in a range of environments, from the office to the beat, meaning no two days are ever the same. However it's important to realise that you won’t spend every minute pursuing offenders. You'll be required to complete detailed paperwork relating to the jobs and investigations you’re involved in. 

The chance to make a difference

You’ll be responsible for preventing and solving crime, and helping people when they need it most. This is your chance to make a real difference in your own community, and to New Zealand as a whole.

Get paid to train

Not many professional careers pay a salary while you are training.  During the 16 weeks you spend training at the Royal NZ Police College you will be paid an equivalent of $38,358 gross per annum (total package $42,472). This translates to $1,471 gross per fortnight (including $150 per fortnight which goes towards your superannuation).

Great pay

After you've been attested, you'll earn a salary of $56,106, with a total remuneration of around $62,791for the first year out of the college. On average, constables in their first year also earn around $6,500 in additional payments such as allowances and overtime. Further pay increases will depend on your role, your shift patterns, and promotion.

The average salary for an officer working in their fifth year is around $61,228 with an average remuneration of around $68,435, not including additional payments such as allowances and overtime. Hence your pay is likely to increase along with your experience on the job (remuneration includes salary, superannuation, and life insurance).

Lots of options

With over 30 different areas of policing, there is huge potential for professional development. Once you've completed two years as a probationary constable you can apply to work in other policing roles such as youth education, neighbourhood policing, the dive squad, search and rescue or the criminal investigation branch to name a few.

Supportive team

Being part of NZ Police comes with an important sense of belonging. You’ll make lasting friendships with fellow police officers who believe in the same qualities of loyalty, commitment, integrity, and fairness as you do. These are people you can count on for support, encouragement, and a helping hand. As you progress you will work as both a team member and a team leader, depending on the situation. 

We are committed to the welfare of each officer not only because of our obligations as a responsible employer, but because we realise that a team is only as strong as its members. Your strength is our strength.

Skills and fitness for life

As an officer in NZ Police, you’ll be encouraged to be your best. It’s a role that will keep both your mind and body active. Most police districts have gym facilities available and you’ll benefit from lots of ongoing training and development opportunities too.

Work/life balance

Balancing recreation, family life and work is easily achievable when you work with police. We offer flexible employment opportunities and rostered hours that create more flexibility and time off than most other careers. All probationary constables and most police officers work on a rostered basis.

There are typically three shifts; 6:30am to 3:30pm, 1:30pm to 11:30pm and 10:30pm to 6:30am. The length of the shifts is balanced by the fact that officers commonly get 3-4 days off rather than two. With good time management, you actually get more time for recreation and whanau than most other careers.

Mobile phones

All recruits will be issued with the latest in mobile technology. These devices come installed with police applications to enable you to do your job in the field.