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Newcops career updates: We're not accepting new applications to become a cop right now.

Current Status

All districts/areas are currently closed. Continue with your fitness and learning journey and rest assured the opportunity to join New Zealand Police will be there soon.

Your Preferences

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are New Zealand Police not accepting applications?

Temporarily closing applications allows us to manage volumes and also ensure our applicants have a realistic opportunity to get to college within 12 months provided they are fit and motivated. We will start accepting applications for districts/areas when 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.