New Cops | Do you care enough?

To get in, get ready

Getting into the New Zealand Police takes some effort, but it's definitely worth it. You’ll need to be fit to pass the police physical tests, and savvy to complete a range of psychometric tests and assessments.

You'll also need to show that you have the right attitude and personal qualities. Are you up for it?

Don’t wait, start today

The earlier you start your recruitment journey, the sooner you'll be ready to start your Police training. The best time to start is right now, whether you’re just thinking about what to do for a career or you’re ready to change careers.

At the start, the selection process can fit around your other commitments. You don't need to wait until you've finished school or quit your job to apply. It’ll strengthen your case if you can demonstrate that you're committed to working or learning. If you’re applying after a lengthy employment gap, you'll need to tell us why you’ve had a break.

Test yourself

We’ve put together some training advice to help you become a quality recruit. Follow the advice, and increase your chances of being accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC). You can also try out our writing test and psychometric test.

Already applied?

OK, then download this Preparing for Police Selection booklet. It’s got tips and suggestions to help you prepare for your initial Assessment Day, right through to your first day at Royal New Zealand Police College.

Got community spirit? Show us

Being a Police Officer is more than being physically fit and savvy. You'll also need to be community-minded and have a positive attitude. You might want to think about doing some work in your community. This could include:

  • Working with a community group
  • Joining a community patrol
  • Coaching sports
  • Mentoring young people
  • Volunteering
  • Fundraising.