12 Aug 2013

More diversity among police recruits

6:08 am on 12 August 2013

Police report a record level of diversity among their newest recruits.

In 2007, a commission of inquiry recommended wide changes to the police's handling of sexual assault complaints and organisational culture.

Of the 240 recruits who graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College in the past year, 30.8% were women and 30.8% were Maori, Pacific and other ethnicities.

Human resources manager Alan Cassidy said the police are working to build a service that reflects New Zealand's increasingly diverse communities.

Mr Cassidy said there has been a steady increase in the number of women, Maori, Pasific and Asian people entering the force in the past decade.

He said at least 400 people will be recruited in the coming year.