THOSE interested in a rewarding career with the police will have the chance to chat with experienced officers at a recruitment evening on Monday.

“This will be a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in joining the New Zealand police to come along and talk to our staff to find out more about the job,” said Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker.

“Participation at such events provides an invaluable opportunity for police to meet and talk with interested candidates. Our staff will be available to answer questions, as well as share their experiences of what it’s like to work for New Zealand police.”

Mrs Parker said while being a police officer wasn’t always the easiest of jobs, it was an incredibly rewarding line of work.

“Police are looking to recruit people who are compassionate and empathetic and who want to make a positive difference in their community,” she said.

“Gender and ethnic diversity are an important priority for New Zealand police, and we are committed to improving our numbers over the next four years so we can better represent the communities we serve.”

There are over 30 career paths to choose from within the industry and police expect to recruit 600 – 900 people per year to cover both attrition and achieve the growth promised by the Government.

“Come along to this night with your friends or family if becoming a police officer is something you have always wanted to know about,” said Mrs Parker.

“Even if you don’t think you are ready to apply, talk to us about how police can help you to get ready and how we will support you through the recruitment process.”

The recruitment information night will be held at Eastbay REAP at Pyne Street on Monday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Alternatively, those who can’t make it can visit or to access more information.