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Possible Careers

Hello future constable,

Welcome to a career where you’ll get to help people everyday. Police offers exciting career progression and promotional opportunities. Check out the timeline of possible jobs and some key benefits of working at police below.

First 2 Years
New Cops - General Duties

General Duties Constable

You’ll start as a probationary constable, responding to emergencies and preventing crime. On-the-job training continues as you attend incidents like street disorder, family violence, road crashes, and stolen car investigations. You'll participate in operations at major sporting events, prepare files for court and help to locate missing people. Police offers a starting salary of $56K with an average remuneration of $62K*. After two years you’ll become a full constable. From there you may choose to stay in the role or apply for one of the areas below (*includes salary, superannuation, and life insurance).

Career Path After 2 Years
New Cops - Youth Aid

Youth Aid

Passionate about helping vulnerable young people? Youth aid requires you to think laterally to get young people out of the justice system. You’ll work with kids, teens, parents, community organisations, and other agencies to help turn young lives around.

New Cops - Criminal Investigation

Criminal Investigations

As a Detective, you'll be trained to investigate and solve serious crime by targeting organised crime and those who keep on offending. Applicants who have a background in law are often drawn to this career path, but there are no prerequisites. Your cases may include homicides, aggravated violence, sexual offending, drug offences and fraud.


New Cops - Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue

During your career you can apply for specialist positions such as the Police Negotiation Team or Search and Rescue (SAR). To get into 'on-call' roles like these you need to excel in your regular duties. SAR officers say there is no greater feeling than going into the bush to find a missing person.

New Cops - Family Violence Team

Family Violence Team

Safer communities start with people being (and feeling) safer at home. Family Violence Teams work hard to prevent child abuse, cyber-bullying and intimate partner violence. You'll need to be savvy in the digital world, have great communication skills and a strong empathy for vulnerable people and victims.

New Cops - Dive Squad

Dive Squad

Dive Squad members have regular police duties in addition to their dive work and training. The squad spends most of its time on evidential searches. Sometimes these searches involve difficult underwater video work, which is later used as evidence. The squad has limited places and is filled with existing police officers. The work is often not much fun as it can involve locating bodies. However, the team finds the job rewarding, especially when they locate someone's loved one.

New Cops - Neighbourhood Policing Team

Neighbourhood Policing Team

For this role, you'll need awesome problem-solving abilities and communication skills. Working alongside a small team of police officers, your job will be to stamp out the root causes of crime in a neighbourhood. These communities may have higher crime rates and entrenched social issues so you'll need to be innovative. You’ll work with other agencies, bars, schools, churches, sports groups, and businesses to support victims and get repeat offenders off the justice treadmill.

New Cops - Air Observation Support

Air Observation Support

The Air Observation Support aka Eagle is NZ Police's eye in the sky in Auckland. From a helicopter, you'll track fleeing vehicles and offenders, and assist with special operations.

New Cops - Iwi Liaison Officer

Iwi Liaison Officer

Becoming an Iwi Liaison Officer is a rewarding and satisfying way of serving Māori, your community, and rangatahi. It's desirable if you know Te Reo and Tikanga Māori. These skills will be used to work with iwi and whanau on preventing crime, crashes, and victimisation.

New Cops - Ethnic Liaison Officer

Ethnic Liaison Officer

New Zealand's communities are increasingly diverse. We are looking for people with skillsets that allow them to work with different cultures to ensure all communities remain safe and secure. This role leads to a huge variety of work stories. You'll do everything from attending cultural celebrations, through to educating migrants about NZ laws and helping international travellers who end up being victims of crime. To be effective in this role you need a strong understanding of another culture or language.

New Cops - Financial Crime Unit

Financial Crime Unit

Almost all crime is financially motivated. Got a background in finance or accounting? This could be your calling. Using key pieces of legislation, your objective will be to disrupt, derail and deter crime. The financial crime unit collects information on suspicious financial transaction reports that come from banks and other financial institutions. The team also monitors large amounts of cash crossing our borders and supports investigations into money laundering.

New Cops - School Community Officer

School Community Officers

As a School Community Officer, you could help students to be safe, feel safe, and achieve their potential. The role works alongside staff, students, parents/whānau, and the wider community to prevent harm and build safe environments that support wellbeing and positive behaviour. If you have the ability to relate to young people or already have a career as a teacher this could be for you.

New Cops - Road Policing

Road Policing

Road crashes result in more years of life being lost than any other source of injury in New Zealand. They are also the leading causes of death to children and of disabilities to people aged 14-44. The good news is that by becoming a cop, you can do something about it. By working in one of several areas of road policing (including highway patrol, heavy vehicle investigations unit and the serious crash unit) you can make a huge impact in saving lives and reducing harm in our communities.
New Cops - Child Protection Team

Child Protection Team

Everybody deserves to grow up without fear for their safety. By working in the Child Protection Team you help to give society’s most vulnerable people a voice. In this role, you will co-operate with other agencies to deliver the best care for kids who have suffered physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. While at times the work is sobering, you go home with a feeling that you made a difference.

New Cops - Forensics


Constables can specialise in crime scene examination as a Scene of Crime Officer or in forensic imaging as a Police Photographer. These officers would work alongside other non-constabulary forensic specialists such as Fingerprint Officers, Document Examiners, Armourers, and Electronic Crime Analysts.

New Cops - Prosecutions


There are two sides to every story. A police prosecutor fronts police’s side in relation to criminal and traffic prosecutions. The role requires you to conduct legal research,  present evidence in court and prepare written submissions to strengthen the prosecution's case. You may apply for this role from outside police if you already have an LLB and a current practicing certificate (you'll need 2+ years experience), or you can apply once you hold the office of constable. You'll need exceptional judgment, strong communication skills, and be quick on the uptake.

New Cops - Armed Offenders Squad

Armed Offenders Squad

When there is a threat of firearms being used against members of the public police will typically deploy the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS). Their basic method of operation is to “cordon, contain and appeal” to the armed offenders. Through negotiation tactics and training, the vast majority of cases are resolved without having to use physical force. AOS members are part-time, drawn from all branches of police. To become an AOS member we expect a high level of performance in your regular police duties and you would also need to complete a rigorous selection and induction course.

Career Path After 3 Years
New Cops - Organised Crime and Drugs Unit

Organised Crime and Drugs Unit

The aim of this unit is to combat drugs manufacturing and distribution. You'll seek to disrupt organised crime groups (including gangs) and dismantle their asset bases and profits. Drugs can lead to addiction and if left unchecked, can create an environment where organised crime may thrive. Fortunately, organised criminals are starting to get the message that NZ is NOT a good place for them to do business. Before specialising in the unit, you'd need to complete training in the Criminal Investigations Branch.

New Cops - Protection Services

Protection Services

Whether at home or abroad, you would provide protection for the Prime Minister, Governor General, as a well as other key positions and VIP guests to NZ. The Protection Service requires strong team players with a high level of ethics, integrity and physical fitness. Duties include close personal protection, combined with in-depth planning and venue security. You’ll be liaising closely with foreign police, embassies, and agencies such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

New Cops - Photographers


Photographers work in police stations around the country. They use still or video cameras to record any evidence that may help a criminal inquiry or a later prosecution. Their work includes documenting homicides, sexual assaults, robbery, arson, burglary, drug scenes, car crashes, and suspicious deaths.

Career Path After 5 Years
New Cops - Leadership


You'll have plenty of opportunity to climb the ranks. It takes as little as 5 years to become a section sergeant. From there anything is possible, even becoming the Police Commissioner.

New Cops - Dog Handling

Dog Handling

Police dog handlers have approximately five years policing experience behind them. Their primary role is to track and search for people. They may also be deployed alongside the Armed Offender Squad, or used for firearms and/or drug detection.

New Cops - Interpol

International Liaison Officer (Interpol)

NZ Police supports Interpol (International Crime Police Organisation) in cases including international missing persons, child abductions across international borders, extraditions and criminal history checks. Officers who choose a path in Criminal Investigations can work towards becoming a Police Liaison Officer based in Bangkok, Sydney, Canberra, Washington, London, Jakarta, Apia, or Beijing. Your role would be to cooperate with international agencies, collecting and sharing intelligence on drugs, terrorism, and other criminal matters.