The New Zealand Police have historically had difficulties in being an appealing career option for women, and, once in the workforce, women face further challenges around promotion and progression.
Independent reviews in the past have outlined a lack of progress around gender diversity in the police and highlighted the need to better recruit, develop and support women.
The New Zealand Police has more than 11,900 staff, including more than 8000 constabulary staff, operating in a complex 24/7 environment. Staff work from land, sea and air, managing nearly 800,000 emergency calls a year.
“We must reflect the community we serve. And the more diverse we are, the much better decisions our people will make”.