Unitec to deliver foundation education for all Police recruits
Unitec Institute of Technology is privileged to have been selected to deliver New Zealand Police's distance learning for
new Police recruits across the country.
Starting this year new applicants to NZ Police training must complete a 12-week, specially designed distance learning
course through Unitec to be eligible for appointment as Police recruits.
Unitec’s Faculty of Social and Health Sciences has been selected to provide education which will introduce applicants to
policing in New Zealand. The programme will include culture and community development, professional police practice,
crime prevention in New Zealand and police investigation and communication.
Using a suite of modern blended learning and teaching tools, applicants from across New Zealand will complete the course
at a distance prior to entering the residential phase of training at The Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua.
Unitec has considerable experience in this area, having run an optional pre-policing programme for 11 years.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences Wendy Horne says Unitec is well-placed to provide this
“We understand the rigorous recruitment process required for those professionals who will work closely with families and
whanau in our communities, and the physical, academic and literacy requirements of those entering these challenging
front-line roles,” she says.
"We are pleased with the appointment of Unitec for the delivery of the Pre-Police College Distance Learning programme,"
says Superintendent John Price, National Manager: Training and Development at New Zealand Police.
"This is the first step in preparing applicants for the realities of the complex operational environment."