OIC - New Zealand Police Oath

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From: S George

Dear New Zealand Police,

Please find my Offical information request for the following information and questions.

1.Please provide me with the Offical Oath (word for word) That all sworn New Zealand Police are required to recite as part of becoming a Sworn Police officer in the New Zealand Police.

2. Are all police officers required to "swear" the Oath?

3. Is there an alternative to "swearing the Oath" given for New Zealand Police officers that they are able to take.

4. At what stage of training /serving are they required to take the Oath.

5. Is there any legal or employment consequences if a New Zealand Policer who has "swarn the Oath" does not act in accordance with the Oath.

6. Is there more than one Oath. If so please provide wording for all Oaths.

Yours faithfully,
S George

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe S George

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 8 August 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-23617.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 5 September 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Tēnā koe

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 8 August 2022.


Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with this

Ngā mihi


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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

Police didn't explain this in their response, but the words of this oath are set in the Policing Act 2008: https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/publ...

The affirmation is made available as an alternative to the oath due to section 4 of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957: https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/publ...

(Probably worth mentioning here that I'm not a lawyer)

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