Recruitment Process

The public have high expectations of the service they get from New Zealand Police. That's why we’re selective about who we employ. We look for people from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate our core values and behaviours that are important to achieving our goals. To assess these values and behaviours, we use a number of assessments tools including competency-based interviews and pre-appointment checks.

Before you apply, find out Police's core values and competencies.

Applying for a vacancy

In order to apply for a role at NZ Police, you will need to register your profile. Once this is completed you will be taken to a list of all our current vacancies. You can apply for vacancies by completing an online application form and submitting a CV. Make sure that your CV clearly sets out how you meet the skills, education and experience required in the Person Specification.

Competency interview

If you are invited to a competency interview, you will be expected to give specific examples and descriptions of situations where you have demonstrated the competencies in the Person Specification. These situations will be probed in a systematic way to help the interview panel build up a picture of your strengths and weaknesses.

Pre-appointment checks

All successful applicants will undergo full reference checks and a Police check before any offer of employment is made.

People who can work at New Zealand Police

To work at New Zealand Police you must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand Residence class visa holder or
  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian resident who holds a current Australian Resident Return Visa.

You may be employed by New Zealand Police on a temporary basis if you:

  • have lawful authority to work in New Zealand which includes a Work Permit with conditions that allow the holder to work in the position applied for or
  • have a variation of condition to a Visitor or Student Permit that allows such work.

If you are in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Scheme Permit you are not allowed to take up permanent employment. The process for obtaining a Work Permit is explained on the Immigration New Zealand website.