The breadth and specialty of roles in New Zealand Police go far beyond the blue uniforms and sirens that people might associate with Police work. Each episode of Offbeat highlights the realities and rewards of a different Police role through the stories and perspectives of someone working in the job. Get behind the scenes of some well-known roles within Police, and dive deep into other lines of Police work you might not have heard of. Navigate, communicate, investigate, de-escalate, collaborate — listen and explore the many ways to find your own rhythm in a career with New Zealand Police.


July 20, 2023 38 mins

High pressure, huge stakes, situations that change in an instant — the work of a Police Negotiator is never dull. What’s it like to forge a tactical communications career in the New Zealand Police Negotiation Team?

Sergeant Tanerahi Keno talks us through how it feels to be called on to de-escalate stress in moments of heightened tension and challenge. Learn about the positive impact you can have in the lives of others by holding s...

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Hear how Detective Sergeant Sara Arrow began studying early childhood before switching to the challenging and rewarding discipline of Search and Rescue.

She speaks about the important and satisfying work helping people when they find themselves in harrowing situations - and how her problem solving skills come in handy.

Find out how you can become part of the incredible team that unites loved ones in times of distress in this epis...

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What’s it really like being a Detective in the New Zealand Police?

Through our kōrero with Detective Constable Jonny Hurn, learn about how he works with his team to uncover injustices, solve crimes and even how his teen job serving burgers set him up with some surprising skills he calls on daily in his mahi.

Your unique life experiences might just be the key to unlocking a career as a Detective.

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A judo champ with a whole lot of heart, Ethnic Liaison Officer Constable Sean Choi unpacks the importance of making people in the community feel safe and heard.

We explore how Sean’s experiences growing up in Korea and emigrating to Aotearoa prepared him for a career with New Zealand Police, plus how a judo foot sweep can come in handy in moments of high tension.

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July 20, 2023 43 mins

Going incognito, being paid to train skills like exploding doors open, and being discreet at barbeques, we go behind the scenes of what it's like to work as a Tactical Operator in the New Zealand Police Tactics Group.

Join us as we deep dive into the unexpected moments in this line of work and how doing what can be seen from the outside as the ‘hardest job’ doesn’t always require being the ‘hardest person.’


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When you call 111 and ask for Police, who are the people who get sent to help, and what’s it really like?

Meet Constable Maraea-Jula Dudson, a total legend and frontline officer who’s one of those responsible for responding to distress calls that come into the New Zealand Police.

Get to know how different every day, every hour, sometimes every minute can be, and the incredible impact these people have on our communities in some o...

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