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Police officers work to prevent and solve crime, keep the peace, and respond to criminal activities and emergencies.

Police officers may do some or all of the following:

  • patrol selected areas on foot or by car
  • help people in a wide range of emergencies
  • investigate crimes, domestic disturbances, serious crashes and sudden deaths
  • interview people and take statements
  • search for and arrest suspected criminals
  • write reports
  • give evidence in court
  • direct traffic and help drivers
  • give talks at schools.

Physical Requirements

Police officers need to be fit, healthy and strong, with good hearing and eyesight. People who wear glasses or contact lenses, or who have colour blindness must contact the police recruitment office to arrange an eye test.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for police officers includes:

  • being part of a team such as a sports team
  • working in security
  • working with people from a diverse range of communities, ethnicities and backgrounds
  • involvement in community-based activities such as coaching sports, mentoring young people and volunteering.

Personal Qualities

Police officers need to be:

  • good communicators
  • able to relate to a wide range of people and cultures
  • mature and responsible, and able to keep information private
  • good at solving problems and making decisions
  • patient and helpful
  • disciplined and able to remain calm in emergencies
  • good at written and verbal reports
  • able to work as part of a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for police officers includes:

  • being part of a team such as a sports team
  • working in security
  • working with people from a diverse range of communities, ethnicities and backgrounds
  • involvement in community-based activities such as coaching sports, mentoring young people and volunteering.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary educational requirements to become a police officer. However, NCEA Level 2 English and maths may be useful, as the police entrance exams test English and maths to this level. Physical education and social studies may also be useful.

Related Courses

Police Officers can earn around $55K-$60K per year per year.

With at least two years of supervised frontline training, police officers can progress to leadership positions such as detective or sergeant.

Police officers may join a specialised police unit such as:

  • armed offenders squad
  • child protection team
  • dog handling
  • forensics
  • road policing
  • search and rescue
  • youth aid.
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