A Military Police person (MP) is a highly trained specialist that provides police expertise to the Defence Force community or in combat environments.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
  • Location
    Waiouru, Linton, Trentham and Burnham
  • Starting Salary
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About the role

A Military Police person (MP) is a highly trained specialist that provides police expertise to the Defence Force community or in combat environments. Whether enforcing the law within Defence Areas in New Zealand, or investigating criminal actions by insurgents as part of a deployed force, an MP is always busy.

*This is an internally recruited role, so to be considered, you must have served at least one year with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Job on base

Characterised by variety and independence, the MP role could see you: preventing crime in Defence Areas within New Zealand, as a bodyguard to senior military officers overseas, investigating homicides in foreign countries, providing security to high-level conferences, controlling the movement of a deployed force in an operational theatre, training foreign police forces, or more.

You could even specialise in police intelligence operations or computer forensics. At all times, you’ll be protecting the New Zealand Army’s values, people, resources and reputation.

Job on deployment

MP Soldiers also deploy overseas as required, for peace keeping, training and investigatory missions. You may also conduct secondments to Air Force, Navy or New Zealand Police in a variety of locations within New Zealand.

Last year on my way to work I attended a traffic accident. I was first on the scene and everything I learnt as a Military Policeman became second nature.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Job Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training

As an MP you’ll learn police and investigative skills like when and how to use force (unarmed, batons, OC spray, firearms), how to deal with emergency incidents, about different laws and regulations, how to examine a crime scene and interview people. You’ll also learn security skills like advanced driving, gain a high level of proficiency with small arms (pistols and rifles), and how to plan security. You’ll also learn how to control the movement of people and vehicles around a battlefield.

You’ll also get the chance to work and train with New Zealand Police, Air Force and Navy’s police organisations and other countries’ Military Police.


This consists of two courses in Trentham. During these seven weeks you’ll learn how to operate within an MP Team, including unarmed control and restraint, use of various weapons and equipment, advanced driving, and how to provide military level security to people and places.


For five weeks you’ll learn about the laws and regulations that you’ll enforce, how to conduct police duties like patrolling and incident response, and how to deal with basic criminal offences. Then you’ll be posted to an MP unit to put those new skills straight into use.

Your next course will teach you investigative skills like how to examine a crime scene and collect evidence, how to interview people to get valuable information from them, and how to analyse law and regulations. You’ll leave capable of conducting investigations into, among other things, traffic accidents, assaults, or drug offences.

Later courses will teach you how to plan and lead a security task; how to investigate serious offences like rape, murder and war crimes; and how to plan police operations like raids or law enforcement patrolling.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a variety of courses with New Zealand Police and other law enforcement agencies, specialist computer/electronic forensic training, and various courses and exchanges with foreign country Military Police.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.




starting salary


Higher rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Fitness and Medical
Period of Service

As this is an internally recruited position, you'd need to have served as a Regular Force Soldier in the NZ Army for at least a year before being considered.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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