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Your Safety Comes First

Police work is exciting. It’s filled with action and adrenaline. We’ll also help you stay safe, so you can do your duty in the community with confidence. Here are the stats about safety on the job:

Force is used only as a last resort, and most of the time it’s never actually used:

  • Just 1 in 1000 incidents involves the use of pepper spray
  • Only 1 in 3,000 involves a taser
  • In 80% of cases involving possible taser use, communication and simply showing the taser will safely de-escalate the situation.

Reducing risk

It’s our responsibility to do all we can to make sure you’ll come to no harm. Here’s how:

  1. You’re trained to stay safe

    At the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) you'll carry out extensive safety training to prepare you for difficult situations you may encounter as a Police Officer. You’ll know how to defuse potentially dangerous situations using your communication skills. You'll learn how to use the latest equipment including protective vests, pepper spray, tasers. You’ll also be trained to work with police dog teams.

  2. You get ongoing on-the-job support

    You'll work as a probationary officer for your first two years after graduating Police College. During that time you'll be paired with experienced officers who will give you support, and build your confidence and knowledge about how to look after yourself.

  3. You’ll have superb personal protective equipment

    You'll be issued with the very latest protective clothing and equipment to help keep you safe while you’re working.

  4. We’ll make sure you’re up to it

    During your first two years, you'll be carefully assessed to make sure you're ready to work on your own with our workplace assessment programme.

  5. Proven safety procedures

    Simply by sticking to and following proven police safety policies and procedures, you’ll significantly reduce your chances of coming to any harm at work.

  6. Stay fit, stay sharp

    You'll be encouraged to stay physically fit and healthy. This is a great way to help reduce your risk of injury.

  7. Look after yourself–and each other

    Your police training will show you how to protect yourself and others from harm. Remember, your colleagues will always be looking out for you, just as you'll be looking out for them.