Military Police

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

While undertaking initial Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of  your Recruit Course you will be paid as a Private and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.

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.


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.

MP Soldiers are posted to Waiouru, Linton, Trentham and Burnham Military Camps, with the Military Police Headquarters based in Trentham Military Camp.