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Our values

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Our values

During recruitment, we’re looking to see that you’ll work to win the trust and confidence of everyone in New Zealand by living by our values - reflected in Our Business (why we're here; what we do; and how we do it).


Our employees take pride in representing Police and making a difference in the communities the behaving professionally, in combination with specialist skills and expertise, is essential to ensuring colleagues and communities feel safe and are safe. In short, we want to “look the part and be the part”.


Police should treat everyone with dignity, uphold individual rights and honour their freedoms. We treat others as we would want to be treated. Being respectful of colleagues and the communities we work with builds trust and confidence in our organisation.


Police employees need to be honest and uphold excellent ethical standards. Our integrity as individuals and as an organisation, is critical to building the trust and confidence of our colleagues and the communities we serve.

Commitment to Māori and the Treaty 

Police act in good faith of, and respect, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The principles are “partnership”, “protection” and “participation”. Working with Māori is essential to success. Police and Māori stand together, because only then can we build the support and relationships to reverse the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system.


All Police employees seek to understand and consider the experience and perspective of the people we serve. It’s about walking in other people’s shoes. Better results will be achieved when we appreciate situations from the point of view of all the people we serve, work alongside and represent.

Valuing Diversity 

Recognising different perspectives and experiences help make us better at what we do. Reflecting the communities we serve and appreciating different thinking and ways of life leads to better problem solving and results.