12 May 2006

Immigrants targeted to solve New Zealand Police shortages

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New Zealand Police are reporting a shortage or recruits in some North Island districts but are over-subscribed in the South Island.

Areas such as Auckland and north of the Taupo area are hardest hit by the the shortages but cities such as Christchurch in the South Island have waiting lists for police vacancies.

The New Zealand Police Service welcomes recruits from overseas and in 2003 targeted British officers in a recruitment drive that saw an initial 74 new officers arrive to to meet a shortfall in local staff, mainly in the Auckland region

However, only 51 of them are still working for the police, with some returning to the UK for personal and family reasons and others remaining in the country as civilians.

Serving Police Officers outside the country wishing to join the New Zealand Police Service must have either New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency in New Zealand when they apply. Fill in the Online Assessment form to find out if you qualify for skilled migration to New Zealand.

Police officers from overseas would still be expected to undergo all aspects of the New Zealand Police recruiting process, but once accepted as a recruit, prior experience is assessed and training is centered on ensuring all competencies are passed to fast track entry into service.

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