After the government announced there will be 880 new police throughout the country, planning for new recruits is already underway in Northland and Kaipara.
Senior Sergeant Rob Huys says that starting to pre-plan will allow new officers to be on the ground as early as possible once everything is finalised.
“Kaipara has a big focus on recruiting locals as no one knows the community better than them, especially those who have been living in the area for a while.
“Police should be a reflection of their community and that’s something that is part of our local focus in terms of recruiting.”
He said local members of the force were generally willing to stay around longer and get established in the community.
However Rob said recruiting will contain an element of balance as they will still be on the lookout out-of-towners as well.
Before Rob joined the force 26 years ago he was working in a timber mill and says he has never once regretted his decision to join the police.
Any nerves or concerns were alleviated on his first night at police college when he realised he was surrounded by plenty of others who were feeling the same way.
“Although we deal with serious crime we still manage to have fun as a team and develop good friendships.”
Those looking to a career in the police force can contact Dargaville Police Station or check out www.newcops.co.nz
They will also be available to discuss careers at the Northland Field Days.