New Cops | Do you care enough?

Applying yourself

When you apply to join the New Zealand Police, you’ll go through our constabulary recruitment process. Our communities have very high expectations about the quality of service they get from New Zealand Police, so we’re specific about who we employ.

There are some key stages to go through before you can be accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College:

  1. Apply
  2. Initial Vetting
  3. Initial Medicals
  4. Assessment Day, which includes physical tests
  5. SCOPE - spend time with working Police Officers
  6. Formal Interview
  7. Distance Learning
  8. Final Medicals

You can find out all about them here.

A useful tip

Applicants who went through the selection process say always be professional and treat every interaction with our staff as an opportunity to impress. If you have any questions, be sure to check our FAQ page, which has heaps of useful info to help you on your way.

Connect with other recruits

As you apply, you can connect with other people who are going through the same process on our secret Facebook group. Chat with other recruits, ask questions train and make friends.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide information, including:

  • Your personal and family details
  • Details of any time spent living overseas
  • Your age, gender and other information.

You’ll also be asked for responses designed to demonstrate your integrity. And if you have NZ driver licence or passport you’ll need to have them handy as you work through your application.

Putting together a strong CV for the Police

We’ll need to see your CV. CV means "Curriculum Vitae". Sometimes it’s called a "resume". It sets out your education, qualifications, and any previous occupations. A CV is arranged in reverse chronological order, so the most recent roles or positions appear first, at the top of your CV.

Before you start writing your CV

Your CV introduces you to our constabulary recruitment staff and tells us about you. Get familiar with the New Cops website so that you understand the role of a Police Officer, then customise your CV to make it as strong as possible.

For instance, you may have particular skills that you feel would help you in a future career with Police. Be sure to include a brief summary of these in your CV.

In addition to any paid employment or education, our constabulary recruitment staff will take into consideration anything you do for the community, for example working in a community group, playing or coaching sports, mentoring young people, involvement in the arts, volunteering, fundraising, or something else. Be sure to include an overview of this type of activity.

Before writing your CV you may benefit from reading about NZ Police’s values here.