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Life at the Royal New Zealand police college

At the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) you’ll work hard gaining the skills and knowledge you’ll need in the line of duty, and you’ll also make long-term friends with people from all over New Zealand.

The RNZPC is located in Porirua, and we'll pay to fly you there and back or pay for your fuel costs.

You'll stay at the RNZPC throughout your training, which is 16 weeks.

There is a range of facilities on site to enhance your learning, including "Scene of Crime" houses, a gymnasium, audiovisual training simulators, a skid track for driver training and more.

The accommodation is comfy, there’s really good food available, and you’re only 22 km from Wellington. You can go home on the weekends at your own expense, but there'll be some weekends when you'll need to stay for training. As a new recruit, you'll also be given a mobile phone to use during your training to learn how to use special police apps.

You’ll be paid $1,471 gross per fortnight, plus $150 per fortnight towards your superannuation. Your take-home pay will depend on your tax code and other fees that may be deducted. Your whānau or partner should check out our FAQs written especially for them. These cover how you attending the RNZPC could affect them and includes information on visiting times, weekends, tamariki, and more.

Police Officers look back on their time training at RNZPC as a real highlight of their career.

What you'll learn at Police College

Your time at RNZPC will be incredibly exciting and rewarding, time will race by as you take your first steps towards becoming a Police Officer. Here are some of the things you’ll study:

Police Studies

You’ll learn about police procedures and how to apply them in the field. You'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to be a police officer, and put them into practice in the training environment.

Defensive Tactics

A good level of fitness is required as you learn how to protect yourself on the job. You'll learn about handcuffing, baton, taser and pepper spray use, as well as effective calming and restraining techniques.

Firearms Training

You'll learn marksmanship with both pistol and rifle in the College's indoor range. The course also covers law and policy about the use of force. You’ll learn about safety and related tactics.

Driver Training

You’ll learn to drive to a very high standard. By the time you’ve finished training, you'll understand risk and pursuit management, hazard perception and awareness, skid management, advanced driving techniques, vehicle stop tactics and crash scene management.

Computer Training

You’ll need basic computer skills before starting at Police College. You’ll learn applications such as Microsoft Word, plus Police-specific tools such as the National Intelligence Application (NIA).