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Specialist Investigator, Wellington

NZ Police
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Police & emergency services
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Specialist Investigator


New Zealand Police

Permanent, Full-time

Authorised Officer

Remuneration range: $74,082.00 - $100,228.00

Job Requisition 7257


The Asset Recovery Unit's (ARU) primary roles are to deny criminals the opportunity to benefit from their offending or the ability to re-invest in criminal activity.  Police do this through forfeiture of their "ill-gotten gains" and making sure that crime really doesn't pay.  International trends among Law Enforcement Agencies indicate that recovering assets is often more successful and may be a bigger deterrent than the criminal prosecution.  That trend is being mirrored in New Zealand.


The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 is a relatively new piece of legislation based on civil court processes. You will be encouraged to push the boundaries, use your initiative and explore ways of using the Act to recover criminal gains.


You will be part of a successful team based in Wellington. ARU are looking for an investigator who can manage reactive and proactive investigations, work together with investigation teams targeting serious criminal activity, prepare and execute production orders and search warrants, carry out effective interviews, and interact with members of the local and international financial business community.


Internal and external partnerships are a key focus and the successful applicant can expect to be heavily involved in investigations associated with multiple departments within Police and our external partners.


The positions are advertised as Authorised Officers and the successful applicants will be expected to complete level 2 self-defence training.


Skills - you will need to be able to:

  • Prepare and present (written and verbal) information and evidence in a clear and concise manner
  • Manage time effectively to complete multiple filesand meet deadlines
  • Manage competing demands and high workload at times
  • Keep accurate and detailed records of all information and decisions
  • Prepare, manage and investigate criminal proceeds files
  • Manage risk in relation to criminal proceeds investigations
  • Giving clear and concise evidence to the Court as a witness
  • Display behaviours consistent with the core values of New Zealand Police and contribute towards the strategic goals of the organisation



  • Manage large and complex investigations
  • Work well with internal and external partner agencies
  • Ability to assess detailed information and provide in clear and concise affidavits


Competencies - Level 1 Individual Contributor

  • Partner
  • Deliver
  • Communicate


For more information about the above Core Competencies, visit “Our Values” on our website to view our Core Competency Framework: How We Do Things


Special Requirements

  • Must have a relevant tertiary qualification and / or 5 years or more of criminal investigation experience.
  • Must hold a current first aid certificate in accordance with relevant NZQA standards.
  • Must hold a class one full drivers license.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Police check and Top Secret clearance.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the delegation of Authorised Officer.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand or Australian citizen, or a New Zealand resident, or have a valid New Zealand work visa to apply for this position


Additional Information

  • Successful applicant must reside in Wellington
  • Three positions available


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If this position sounds like you, click APPLY NOW or visit our Police website: select ‘Current vacancies' to apply today! You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 4 pages) which provides a brief account of your relevant education, skills and experience. In addition, you must complete an application form telling us why you are interested in the position and how you meet the above Core Competencies of the role, using no more than 650 words for each section.


IMPORTANT: Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs Website are no longer considered. Please visit our Police website:  and select ‘Current vacancies' to apply for this position.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are an existing Police Employee, you must apply through our internal Careers site and include your QID number in your application.


If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact the hiring manager, Acting Detective Sergeant Alex Macdonald by email at


Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday, 22 August 2018.


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