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    1. JohnOConnor123


      Hi Ian,

      I just stumbled upon your post about working as a cop in NZ and found it very interesting. I am a Constable in Scotland (still in my probation) and have always liked the idea of transferring abroad, if only for a while. New Zealand would be one my preferred choices.

      I notice that last post of yours is a few years old and I was wondering if you could give me a snapshot of what your life as a cop is like there now and if you know if there is any international recr...

  1. Trying to settle back into life in NZ, #ineedachallenge

  2. "Jason... The media spotlight is on us now. No matter what, just keep your head down and BE COOL."

  3. They need to increase the fitness in the police

    I don't get many chances to say this, but the UK could take a leaf out of NZ police's book! We have bi-annual PCT (physical competence test) which is based on a trailer push, 400 metre run, beam balance, slalom run, slide under beams, jump through a window frame, jump over a wire fence, body drag, wall climb. It is timed, your target is based on age/gender. You have a basic time, a gold level, or top level if you want to apply for specialist posts. The positive spin is it is an extra pay, and we get two days leave a year supposedly to train for it! It is an essential element for applying for a posting/promotion. I think it closely resembles the type of physical activity expected of police, and is achievable by anyone with a basic level of fitness. The down side is some folks don't do much in between so have to train like mad a few weeks before, so I think an annual test would be better. I believe it is a matter of personal pride to at least be fit enough to meet the basic level, and to those who cannot afford gym membership you can't beat a 30 min run a couple of times a week for starters. I'm sure foregoing the occasional 'I'm a celebrity dancing on ice factor' rubbish would free up the time needed to fit it into your busy lifestyle.
  4. Transfer to New Zealand

    Hi, I stumbled across this forum so I thought I'd give you my perspective... I transferred to NZ Police in Sept '08, the second to last UK recruitment campaign. At the time of writing I have had several colleagues from my old force asking if they are going to do another campaign, the answer is no. The reason being they had been suffering from a lack of home grown recruits, partly down to the poor wage for a recruit to start on. They seem to have put a lot of work into improving the situation, and have vastly improved the numbers they're getting. Coupled with a few ex-UK officers going home before giving it a good go, it's kind of put them off. They do value UK officers here, I don't get any grief from Kiwi cops, they're very accepting in general. There's also cops from South Africa, Fiji, Malaysia, so they're used to a mix! Perhaps one thing some people don't realise is NZ only one force covering the whole country, split into districts. I work in the Counties-Manukau district, which has just finished boosting the numbers by 300 officers, all fresh Kiwi recruits (with the exception of some 'retreads'). There's a MASSIVE difference in the many areas, from the usual city centre policing we're used to in the UK, to being a sole officer in a rural area or island somewhere - some great spots for the latter years! I know a few ex UK officers who have still come over despite there being no specific UK recruitment, and they have started as a fresh recruit at the college. This means they start on the same wage as a new recruit (rather than having your service recognised and starting on an equivalent salary as we did) they have to complete 19 weeks at college (rather than the 8 week conversion course we did). Despite this, they seem to have stuck it out, and are coming out of the other end. I am surprised as I would not have been able to manage financially on anything less than I was on, and that was with 10 years service in the UK. (Another benefit we had is our UK rank is recognised, so I don't have to do any additional exams to get my stripes back). The main thing we struggled with was that my wife couldn't get a job for about 18 months, partly down to her experience being in a field that is not really in existence here - she's working now but seriously considering retraining as a teacher). This meant we were restricted in our activities, which was frustrating being in such a beautiful country, a 3 hr drive away from ski fields and not being able to afford to ski! Overall I love NZ, and I love working here. The lifestyle suits my family, outdoors stuff, but miss some of the activities for the kids such as museums, theme parks etc. Basically NZ history/buildings only extend back to the 1840's (I used to life in a cottage in England which was of that era, here it would be a museum piece!) So the reality is there are no plans to have a UK recruitment drive again, though never say never. If you have the financial security to take the hit for a few years on a low salary, or your other half happens to be a nurse (they get paid better than us!) or another profession which is sought after (check out NZ immigration for their list of desired professions) then I would say go for it. If not, wait to see if they do another campaign. ~If you are still interested, I can give you any info you want, immigration, college, what it's like working here etc etc just ask away! Cheers, Ian.