New Cops | Do you care enough?

Newcops career updates: We're not accepting new applications to become a cop right now.

Applications for constabulary recruitment are temporarily on hold.

New Zealand Police has temporarily paused taking applications for constabulary recruitment from 15 June 2020 following an increase in application numbers.

We want to be upfront about what this means for those in the recruitment process or thinking about applying. If you're in the recruitment pipeline, it could mean delays. If you go to apply today, you will have to wait.

Protecting your community as an officer for New Zealand Police is an amazing career choice, so if this delay affects you in any way, we are sincerely sorry.

We are keeping our current applicants informed and will reopen the pipeline when we need to and likely on a district basis. We hope that this will provide those currently in the recruitment pipeline the best experience and enable those thinking about applying to better plan for their near future.

If you're thinking about becoming an officer, continue with your fitness and learning journey and rest assured that the opportunity to join New Zealand Police will be there soon.

We are continually looking at where we need officers on the frontline most and at this stage we still have surplus to demand applications. We will next review this at the end of October and it is likely we will re-open some Districts/applications before the end of the year. Check back on this page and follow NZ Police Recruitment on Facebook for the latest Newcops career updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've already applied and am at some stage in the recruitment process. How does this affect me?
Depending on what stage you are at in the recruitment process, you may experience some delays. The Police Recruitment team will be in touch in advance to let you know of any changes or appointments, but you can always contact the Constabulary Recruitment Team or your Recruitment Hub in the meantime.

When will you be accepting applications again?
Police will be constantly reviewing the situation and it is likely we will re-open some Districts/applications before the end of the year. We will be processing as many existing applications as possible, but all applications should expect delays.

Will the entry requirements change?
No, the entry requirements will remain the same. But we do ask everyone who is in the process of applying or thinking about becoming a cop to be patient.

Can I still apply for another non-constabulary job at Police?
You sure can. Non-constabulary recruitment will continue as normal. You can find out more about the other exciting career opportunities across the country at New Zealand Police here.

Are you accepting re-joins?
Please refer to Rejoin Recruitment for information about rejoining if you are a former NZ Police officer.