Working for Police

Police officer working at her desk computer.Police is responsible for providing policing services across the country. The Police mission is to deliver services that ensure New Zealand communities are confident, safe and secure, with less actual crime and road trauma and fewer victims.

Police operates 24-hours a day in a complex environment. With nearly 12,000 staff, we function from 371 community-based police stations, operate on land and by sea and air and respond to over 600,000 emergency calls every year.

Why work for Police?

We provide rewarding and challenging jobs – this is why many people remain with Police throughout their careers. Police employees feel a real sense of personal achievement from their work, as they know they are helping to ensure that New Zealand’s communities are safer and more secure.

Police provides a supportive work environment which values team work. At the heart of this is a strong feeling of camaraderie between colleagues who share a sense of responsibility, loyalty and pride in what they do.

The scale and complexity of Police operations provides a variety of jobs and career paths within the organisation. As well as day-to-day job variety, the work ensures that employees make good use of their knowledge and skills.

Managers within Police support and encourage staff in their jobs. Employees can take ownership of both their career and professional development to make the most of their potential.

What Police looks for in staff

We need people with a range of skills, backgrounds and experience levels. Diversity is essential so that we can effectively serve the needs of New Zealand’s communities now and in the future.

There are certain qualities and skills we look for during the recruitment process. These attributes can be seen in our core values and competency frameworks.

Police values

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Commitment to Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Empathy
  • Valuing Diversity

Learn more about NZ Police's values [PDF, 16.8MB]

Police competencies

View more about Police competency framework [PDF, 3.1MB]. 

  • Communicate
  • Partner
  • Solve
  • Deliver
  • Lead
  • Innovate
  • Develop