• Who can be a cop?

Who can be a Cop?

Application Process

Who can be a Cop?

NZ POLICE REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for employment with NZ Police you must have NZ citizenship or have obtained New Zealand Residency. 

You need to be a good citizen, over 18 years old upon entry to the Royal NZ Police College, community-minded, fit, healthy, and bright enough to pass a range of assessments.

Excellent communication skills, loyalty, commitment, and a high level of integrity are essential qualities in order to become a police officer. Your role can highly influence the lives of many people. Hence it's also vital to be able to make tough judgement calls, establish strong personal relationships, build community networks and instill confidence in the wider community.

As well as responding to crimes, you'll be trained to look at the bigger picture. Solving crime is not just about answering the question ‘who?’ It’s just as important to look at the broader question of ‘why?’. This requires an ability to understand the community you serve and more importantly the ability to identify and examine the problems that lead to crime.


WE'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENT CULTURES

To better reflect New Zealand’s growing diversity, we are actively seeking applicants with an understanding of different languages and cultures. We welcome applications from everyone who has what it takes, regardless of their culture, faith, gender or sexuality.


APPLICATIONS FROM NZ CITIZENS

If you are a NZ citizen you may apply whilst overseas but you must be available in New Zealand to complete parts of the recruitment process (e.g interviews, SCOPE etc). Any expenses incurred will be at your own cost.


APPLICATIONS FROM NZ RESIDENTS

If you are a NZ resident then you need to be currently living in NZ to be eligible to apply. For more information about immigration, visit Immigration New Zealand. NZ Police are not able to directly assist with the immigration process.

If you are successful, you will then be considered (amongst other applicants) for available positions in your preferred districts, and training at the Royal NZ Police College

If you are an overseas Police Officer wishing to join NZ Police then you will undergo the same assessment procedures as NZ citizens/NZ residents and complete 5 months training at RNZPC. After graduation you may progress to specialist fields using recognition of prior learning.