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Newcops career updates: We're accepting new applications for a few areas only.

What's new?

The application form now asks you for your district area preferences.

Only priority districts will be advertised as open and will appear on your application form. Priority districts are districts that don’t have enough active applications and will only remain open until we receive the applications we need. 

Priority districts can open at any time and close at any time. We encourage you to check back here regularly for updates.

Your Preferences

If you're prepared to be posted to an 'Open' district/area we welcome your application now.

If you select a district away from where you currently live, you must show a commitment and be able to relocate to this district.

Requests to change to non-priority districts/areas will not be accepted and we have the right to close your application, irrespective of what step you are in the process and you will need to wait until your preferred district is open.

Open Districts

Police District

Police Area Open for Applications

Eastern Police District Tairāwhiti Area only - Closing Friday 27 November 2020 at 4pm
Southern Police District Otago Lakes Central Area Only


Police Area

Police District Open for Applications

Tāmaki Makaurau       Waitematā Police District - Closing Friday 27 November at 4pm
  Auckland City Police District - Closing Friday 27 November at 4pm
  Counties Manukau Police District - Closing Friday 27 November at 4pm

All other districts/areas are currently closed. If you’re looking to be posted to a non-priority district that is currently closed, continue with your fitness and learning journey and rest assured the opportunity to join New Zealand Police will be there soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are some districts not accepting applications?

Due to the high volume of people wanting to join we temporarily paused any further new applications across New Zealand from 15 June 2020. However, we are now accepting some new applications for certain districts/locations where there is demand for more Police Officers.

When will you be accepting applications for my preferred district?

We are continuously monitoring demand across the country. As we open applications in more districts, we will update the information on this page.

Can I still apply for another non-constabulary job at Police?

You sure can. Non-constabulary recruitment will continue as normal. You can find out more about the other exciting career opportunities across the country at New Zealand Police here.

Are you accepting re-joins?

Please refer to Rejoin Recruitment for information about rejoining if you are a former NZ Police officer.