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Deanne's Story

Sergeant Deanne Teao:   Joined at age 25, after having two kids
Grew up in:   Wairoa and Te Awamutu
Iwi:   Nga Puhi, Tainui, and Ngati Ranginui
Hobbies are:   Fitness, music, reading, hanging out with whanau
Role:   NZ Police negotiator and youth aid officer


Stencilled onto a wall in Central Auckland is a street art installation showing Sergeant Dee Teao as she looks up to a young man who was in danger of jumping from a great height.

The distressed young man had climbed up on an overbridge. By talking about his tamariki and his whanau, Deanne soon built rapport with him, enabling her to climb up and sit with the man. Once there, Deanne admitted she was scared of heights! Hearing this, the young man stopped thinking about himself and became concerned for her safety. They both climbed down and he told Dee “You're a cool cop miss”. The man has stayed in touch with Dee ever since and is now enjoying a positive outlook on life.

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Good Pay

After graduating from Royal NZ Police College you'll earn a salary of $52,860, with a total remuneration of around $59,170 for the first year. On average, officers in their first year also earn around $5,500 in additional payments such as allowances and overtime. Your pay is likely to increase with experience on the job and promotions as you advance through your career. Remuneration includes salary, superannuation, life insurance, and allowances. Read more

Safety on the Job

Police work is exciting, filled with adrenalin and satisfaction. You run towards the danger when others need your help. Of course, this brings an element of risk - but it's carefully calculated

At police college you'll be trained to diffuse potentially dangerous situations using communication skills and you'll learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment such as protective vests, pepper spray, tasers, and working with police dog teams. On the job, 1 in 1000 incidents involve the use of pepper spray. Approximately 1 in 3000 involve a taser. Using force is a last resort and in 80% of cases involving taser, your communication skills and simply showing the taser is enough to safely de-escalate the incident.

You'll be working beside experienced team mates who will always look out for you. It's our priority to prepare you to be as safe as possible so you can perform your duties in the community with confidence. Read more

Could you cut it as a cop?

During the recruitment selection process your body and mind will be tested.

But don't worry if you're not in perfect shape. Here, you can take a practice test and get some training advice. Ask any new recruit and they will tell you that with hard work and determination, your goal of becoming a cop can become a reality. To stay motivated you can also chat to other police recruits on Facebook.

Concerned About Suicide?

If you are concerned that someone is thinking of suicide or harming themselves, you should talk to them and encourage them to seek help at one of the following organisations:

Lifeline’s Suicide Helpline

(0508 828 865)


Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 8:00-00:00
The Lowdown FREE TEXT 5626 FOR HELP  12:00-00:00
Youthline 0800 376 633  
Kidsline 0800 543 754 16:00-18:00, weekdays
What’s Up
0800 942 8787
12:00-00:00, 7 days, for young people from 5-18
0800 726 666
24/7, Lower NI & Upper SI
  0800 211 211 For the rest of NZ
0800 611 116
0800 688 5463
Confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues
In an emergency, always dial 111.