Author: Bibby, Claire1
Published in National Security Journal, 05 April 2021
Of the 151 respondents, 100 were constabulary staff comprising 84 male and 16 female personnel. Constables have the full range of statutory and common law powers. They are trained differently to non-constabulary staff on recruitment into the Police and in this research are more likely to have worked internationally than non-constabulary staff (see Table 5). The non-constabulary staff comprised of 17 male and 34 female personnel. The percentage of female constables who responded to the survey was 32%, which was statistically higher than the number of female constabulary staff working in NZ Police, at 19% (see Table 1 and Table 2). People aged 46-55 represented 40.4% of sur- vey respondents, followed by those aged 36-44 (25.85%) and those aged 56 and over (21.19%) (see Figure 1). People with 23-32 years of policing service represented the largest service group of respondents (29.13%).
When asked what ethnic group or groups they identified themselves as, most respondents (112 of 151) did not identify solely as New Zealanders. They included their ethnic affiliation, for example “Maori, Euro, Chinese” or “NZ European, Scottish, Irish”. They also used language that is indigenous to New Zealand, such as Maori, Kiwi and Pakeha, and two people identified their religious affiliation.