New Zealand Police Pathway Programme

Thinking about a career in the Police?

Then this course is the perfect taster to see if it’s right for you! Designed by the New Zealand Police for secondary school students, this course will be run at the Polytechnic (by a Polytechnic tutor) in conjunction with the local police force.

Location: Cromwell

Delivery: One day a week for the school year.





What will I do?

This course will give you a ground level understanding of the knowledge, skills, attributes and attitudes associated with the Police and Policing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In addition to this, it will provide an opportunity for you to explore the physical and leadership requirements required to become a Police Officer.


You will learn about:

> policing principles and the roles and responsibilities of a Constable of New Zealand Police

> investigative interview skills, initial scene investigation, legislation about policing tasks and court procedures

> the physical requirements of being a police officer and explore the leadership required to be one

> career opportunities within the New Zealand Police

> the six core values of the New Zealand Police

You will learn through classroom sessions, guest presentations, practical experiences, online-based activities and visits to local police operational groups.


Unit standards covered in this course*


Unit Standard New Zealand Police Pathway Programme Credits Level
4251 Plan a career pathway 3 3
1296 Interview in informal situations 3 3
1297 Conduct an interview in a formal situation 5 4
9681 Contribute within a team or group which has an objective 3 3
11097 Listen actively to gain information in an interactive setting 3 3
26971 Describe factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing 3 3 and mental health problems 3 3

One or two will then be chosen from the following:

91501 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity 4 3 in an applied setting 4 3
1304 Communicate with people from other cultures 2 3
1307 Speak to a known audience in a predictable situation 3 3
27843 Evaluate a concept of law in relation to a specific situation 4 3


We are doing our best to ensure that this information is accurate.  However, there may be some content changes to our programmes, and all our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity. 

I’m keen! What do I do now?

Go and have a talk to your School’s Career advisor and mention this course with Otago Polytechic.

They will be able to take you through the application process or help with any further questions.

For more information about OSTC, visit


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.