Recruitment Process

The following information relates to applications for non-sworn employee positions within the New Zealand Police. If you looking for information about becoming a Police Officer please visit

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.