April 19, 2018
Unitec marks 15 years of turning out cops
Unitec Institute of Technology and New Zealand Police have celebrated 15 years of a course set up to encourage greater diversity amongst police recruits.
The 14-week pre-police course started in 2003 for Pacific Islanders and Maori who were considering a career with the police, but may have benefitted from extra training to achieve the academic or fitness levels required to join.
It was later expanded to reflect the growing diversity of Auckland and now serves many ethnicities.
Course participants have achieved an 80 percent pass rate for the police entrance test and more than 400 graduates have gone on to serve as police officers including New Zealand’s first Tokelauan officer, first Hungarian officer, and first female Indian officer.
Unitec director of Pacific success, Dr Falaniko Tominiko, says the collaboration between NZ Police and Unitec had been key to the high pass rates and ensuring candidates went on to great careers.
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