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Yoshi's Story

Tragically, when the CTV building collapsed in the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011, there were 28 Japanese victims. Armed with fluent Japanese and empathy for the culture constable Nao Yoshimizu stood by families as they struggled to comprehend what had happened to their loved ones.

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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. Read more

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 1,000 incidents involve the use of pepper spray. Approximately 1 in 3,000 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