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Professional Police Driver Programme 

Police introduced the Professional Police Driver Programme (PPDP ()) in 2004 to:
• ensure Police employees (employees) and public safety when driving
• develop a professional driving culture
• formally recognise employee driving ability
• enhance public confidence in the driving conduct of Police
• reduce the number and severity of Police vehicle crashes, and
• to comply with the requirements of ACC () Workplace Safety Management 
Practices and Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
PPDP () principles are to:
• address driving related risks requiring systematic and ongoing management, i.e., 
culpable driving incident or poorly managed/driven pursuit of a fleeing driver
• deploy drivers and vehicles according to their capabilities, and
• ensure professionalism in Police driving and decision making skills.
Driver classifications
Police employees can gain a Gold, Silver, Bronze or employee driver classification that 
permits them to undertake different driving situations. These classifications can 
change at the direction of:
• a Professional Driving Panel in considering an incident or driving assessment, or
• a driver's supervisor or manager who may reduce the driver classification to 
minimise any health and safety risks until a PDP () is convened.
Professional Driving Panels
Each district and the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC ()) must have a 
Professional Driving Panel (PDP) to assess driving incidents that occur in 'their' area. 
In cases where a service centre driver is being assessed in a district, the service centre 
manager must be on the PDP for that particular assessment.

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Police seek to provide a safe working environment for all its employees and members of 
the public.
This chapter:
• applies to all employees that drive Police vehicles; and
• should be read in conjunction with the 'Police vehicle management', 'Fleeing 
driver policy', and 'Urgent duty driving' chapters.
More information
For more information on the PPDP () and other Police driving related issues contact 
the Practice Leader: Road Policing, at the RNZPC ().
Driver assessments
Who must have an assessment?
The PPDP () assessment programme, applies to all constables and authorised officers. 
Other employees are considered competent to drive a Police vehicle under normal 
conditions if they hold a valid driver licence. However, District Commanders or Service 
Centre Managers may nominate any employee (including those who are not constables 
or authorised officers) for assessment as and when required.
Assessment periods
This table outlines the re-assessment periods for specific response groups.
Re-assessment period
Response group

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Re-assessment period
Response group
Three Years
General Duties
Rural Policing
Team Policing
Dog Section
Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit
Highway Patrol
Motorways Group
Strategic Traffic Unit
Traffic Alcohol Group
Five Years
Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB ())
Law Enforcement Team
Uniform Attachment to CIB ()
Area Commander/OC () Station
Community Policing
Family Violence
Forensics/Scene of Crime Officers
Operations Support
Specialist Teams
Diplomatic Protection Squad
Youth Services
No regular re-assessment is required, unless an employee transfers or moves into a 
response group listed in the table above.
Once an initial PPDP () assessment has been completed, PeopleSoft will show a Bronze 
driver classification (without an expiry date) and a Gold or Silver level if attained.

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Note: When a Gold or Silver driver classification expires, it reverts to a Bronze 
classification until the driver has been reassessed. This could impact on their 
operational capabilities.
Important: Constables and authorised officers who have not had an initial 
assessment cannot drive a Police vehicle (Refer to Appendix one for the assessment 
and classification process).
Recruit graduation requirements
Recruits undergo assessment as part of driver training at the RNZPC (), and must 
achieve a Silver classification in order to graduate. However, in cases where recruits 
have otherwise met all the standards, the National Manager: Training and 
Development, in consultation with the recruits' District Commanders may allow 
recruits to graduate with a Bronze classification. Recruits then must achieve a Silver 
classification in district under an assessment and training plan as soon as practicable.
Note: Silver is the maximum classification attainable by recruits.
Failure to gain required classification
Where an employee does not gain a classification after an assessment, or does not gain 
the classification they sought, the PPDP assessor must advise them what is required to 
gain the classification - refer to Appendix one.
Driving assessment appeals
Employees may appeal the result of a driving assessment by written submission 
through their supervisor or district PPDP () assessor for the Practice Leader: Road 
Policing to moderate - refer to Appendix one.
The appealing employee must be notified of the outcome of the appeal (whether or not 
the appeal is upheld) with reasons for the conclusion within 14 days of the appeal 
decision. If the appeal is not upheld, the original assessment outcome stands.
Driver Classification System
Driver classification
The PPDP () provides for Gold, Silver and Bronze classifications which end on:
• the re-assessment period expiry date

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• the suspension or lapse of a driver licence or driver classification,
• on disqualification from driving.
See the process map in Appendix one.
Driver Classification System
This table outlines the criteria and restrictions for Police drivers.
Fleeing  UDD

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Fleeing  UDD

Duties or vehicles requiring 
specific training or other 
To attain a Gold classification
classification, such as 
an employee must:
• complete the Fleeing Driver 
training package
• meet Gold level competency 
requirements and any 
provisional requirements 
during driver assessment, 
including demonstrating the 
knowledge, skills and 
attitude required to pursue a 
fleeing driver
• have a driving record of 12 
months considered by a PDP
() to be free from incidents 
where they were at fault, or 
where any issues of driving 
conduct are deemed to have 
been satisfactorily addressed
• be recommended for Gold 
classification by a PPDP ()
• hold a full New Zealand 
driver licence appropriate to 
the type of vehicle driven.

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Fleeing  UDD

An employee holding a 
Silver classification must 
To attain a Silver classification
not pursue a fleeing driver 
an employee must:
unless a Gold driver 
• meet Silver level competency 
provides direct supervision, 
requirements and any 
or in exceptional 
provisional requirements 
during driver assessment
• have a driving record of 6 
controllers must replace 
months which is considered 
employees holding a Silver 
by a PDP () to either be free 
classification who are 
from incidents where they 
pursuing a fleeing driver as 
were at fault, or where any 
soon as a Gold classified 
issues of driving conduct are 
driver is available.
deemed to have been 
satisfactorily addressed
Duties or vehicles requiring 
• be recommended for Silver 
specific training or other 
classification by a PPDP ()
classification, such as 
assessor (or Driver Trainer)
• hold a full New Zealand 
driver licence appropriate to 
the type of vehicle driven.

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Fleeing  UDD

An employee holding a 
Bronze classification must 
To attain a Bronze 
not undertake urgent duty 
classification, an employee 
driving unless a Gold 
driver provides direct 
• meet Bronze level 
supervision or in 
competency requirements 
exceptional circumstances.
and any provisional 
An employee holding a 
requirements during driver 
Bronze classification must 
not pursue a fleeing driver.
• be recommended for Bronze 
classification by a PPDP ()
Duties or vehicles requiring 
assessor (or Driver Trainer)
specific training or other 
• hold a full New Zealand 
classification, such as 
driver licence appropriate to 
the type of vehicle driven.

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Fleeing  UDD
Police Employee

Employees who are not 
constables or authorised 
Employees who are not constables 
officers must drive a Police 
or authorised officers must:
vehicle according to the 
• be nominated for 
normal conditions of their 
classification by a District 
driver licence.
Commander or National 
Duties or vehicles requiring 
specific training or other 
• be recommended for a Police 
employee classification by a 
PPDP () assessor (or driver 
• meet competency 
requirements and any 
provisional requirements 
during driver assessment
• hold a full NZ driver licence 
appropriate to the type of 
vehicle driven.
Special vehicle requirements
In addition to obtaining an appropriate licence (if required), drivers and riders are 
required to have successfully completed an approved driving qualification course 
before driving vehicles requiring specific training, ie, motorcycles.
In situations where there is a threat to public or employee safety and no other vehicle is 
available, employees may drive vehicles for which they are not classified but for which 
they hold a current driver's licence. Employees must report these incidents to their 
supervisor and the relevant PDP ().
Refer to the 'Police vehicle management' chapter.

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Police 4 wheel drive operation
Operating 4 wheel drive (4WD) vehicles off-road can be a high risk activity that 
requires specialist skills. Employees operating 4WD vehicles without such skills pose a 
risk to themselves and members of the public. Employees should not operate 4WD 
vehicles off-road unless they have successfully completed a 4WD course.
Employees who require off-road 4WD driver training must seek approval to attend a 
Police approved 4WD course from their supervisor. The supervisor must identify an 
appropriate course in line with the Police Four Wheel Drive Operation training and 
assessment programme for course requirements.
Note: Operation of a vehicle winch is not covered by the 4WD programme and 
tuition should be sought due to the severe consequences of misuse.
PPDP roles and responsibilities
This table outlines the roles and responsibilities under the PPDP ().
Police drivers 
• Comply with the law, Police Instructions and drive 
in a manner that ensures public and employee safety 
authorised officers 
when driving a Police vehicle.
and other 
• Ensure their PPDP () driver classification remains 
current and valid for their role in consultation with 
their supervisor.
• Report driving incidents, such as a near miss, non-
compliant pursuit or crashes to your manager or 

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Managers and 
• Deploy drivers to duties based on their PPDP ()
classification and capabilities.
• Ensure driver classifications are current.
• Manage employee performance relating to driving 
• Identify and manage health and safety risks to 
employees. This may include an immediate 
reduction in PPDP () driver classification until a 
PDP () is convened, by completing a POL1185 and 
POL1190, if required.
• Report policy breaches to their supervisor.
• Investigate and report driving incidents, such as a 
near miss, non-compliant pursuit or crashes 
involving Police vehicles to their PDP ().
• Provide advice and support to District Commanders 
and Service Centre Managers on driving issues.
• In serious cases, such as a serious injury or fatality, 
a manager or supervisor may temporarily suspend 
an employee from driving, or place restrictions on 
their driving.

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PPDP ()Assessor
• Conduct driver assessments.
• Assign  driver  classifications.
• Deliver targeted training and guidance to drivers in 
accordance with national policies approved by the 
• Maintain records in relation to driver assessment 
and training.
• Contribute to the development and implementation 
of driving related training, policies, procedures, and 
other documents where required.
• Member of their district PDP ().
• Advise the Practice Leader: Road Policing, PDPs, 
District Commanders and National Managers on 
driving related issues.
Driver Training Unit
• Assist in the maintenance of the PPDP ().
• Provide appropriate training to recruits and assist in 
the development and delivery of driver training.
• Assess recruit driving and assign classifications.
• Contribute to the development and implementation 
of driving related training, policies, procedures and 
other documents where required.

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Professional Driving 
• Consider matters of driver capability or behaviour 
Panel (PDP ())
for their district (except recruits and employees of 
the RNZPC () who have their own PDP ()).
• Determine PPDP () assessment and training 
requirements following incident notification, such 
as an offence, complaint or crash, in consultation 
with the driver, their supervisor and/or manager.
• Conduct regular PDP () meetings for prompt 
resolution of any potential issues to meet good 
employer obligations, e.g., mitigation of any health 
and safety risks to employees and public.
• Adjust driver classifications up to reflect 
professional driving skills operationally 
demonstrated or assessed.
• Adjust driver classifications down to mitigate any 
risks or health and safety issues until reassessment 
and/or training is completed.
• Seek moderation of PDP outcomes from the Practice 
Leader: Road Policing to ensure national 
• Supply the Practice Leader: Road Policing minutes 
of all PDP () meetings and outcomes.
• Notifying the Practice Leader: Road Policing of any 
issues that need escalation, eg, matters relating to 
PPDP () policy, equipment, or legislation or other 
policies such as fleeing driver, urgent duty driving.
• Advise appropriate Police personnel of issues 
potentially requiring further consideration that are 
outside of the PDPs remit.

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• Govern  the  PPDP () in their district/service centre 
Commanders and 
in line with this policy.
Service Centre 
• Ensure employees comply with the requirements of 
the PPDP ().
• Consider appeals from employees in regard to 
classifications and action following crashes or other 
• Determine whether their authorised officers 
warranted by the Commissioner under section 208
of the Land Transport Act 1998, may apply for 
Bronze, Silver, or Gold classifications, or 
alternatively, will be restricted to the classification 
of employees without constabulary powers.
• Consider whether an employee (who is not a 
constable or authorised officer) requires 
• Raise issues with the Practice Leader: Road 
• Delegate any of their responsibilities set out in this 
chapter, with the exception of considering appeals.

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Practice Leader: 
• Implement and manage the programme of 
Road Policing
assessment and targeted training.
• Coordinate activities of the PPDP () assessors.
• Consider  driver  assessment appeals.
• Moderate the PPDP to promote national 
• Moderate PDP () decisions and outcomes via direct 
request from the PDP chair and PDP meeting 
• Monitor driver training records to ensure they are 
complete and accurate.
• Provide support to the Driver Training Unit.
• Contribute to the development and implementation 
of driving related training, policies, procedures, and 
other documents.
• Escalate issues to the Head of School (HoS): 
Prevention as required.
• Liase, advise and support PDPs, District 
Commanders and Service Centre Managers.
• Collect and collate driving related information and 
statistics, and present these to District Commanders 
and Service Centre Managers.
Professional Driving Panel
A Professional Driving Panel (PDP ()) has been established in each Police district and 
at the RNZPC (). Their role is to determine assessment and training requirements for 
all employees involved in Police vehicle driving incidents, in-line with the 
principles and aims of the PPDP (). Issues to be considered may include driving 
conduct, driving capability, or driving behaviour.
This panel may be part of a larger district committee dealing with other matters.

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Dealing with issues of capability or behaviour
Managers and supervisors must refer all issues involving driver capability or behaviour 
to the appropriate PDP. This may involve unsafe or unprofessional driving behaviour 
or inappropriate decision making - see Appendix two.
In serious cases, such as an injury, fatality or serious health and safety concerns, a 
manager or supervisor may temporarily suspend an employee from driving a Police 
vehicle, or place restrictions on their driving.
PDP action versus other proceedings
PDP () action is separate from any legal and/or Code of Conduct (CoC) 
that may be relevant in each case. PDP incident assessment and training 
requirements may take place concurrently, with or in addition to, any other 
Note: The PDP () is not responsible for investigating incidents for the purpose of 
instigating legal or CoC proceedings that may be relevant in each case.
District PDP assessment and training decisions
District PDP () assessment and training decisions must be decided by:
• the District Road Policing Manager (chair) or in their absence a relieving RPM ()
• the PPDP () assessor, or if they are unavailable a suitable substitute such as an 
O/C STU () or Highway Patrol may be utilised and
• an employee/s, appointed at the discretion of the District Commander, i.e. Health 
and Safety representative or district training coordinator.
Driver assessment and training decisions must not be made by:
• a Professional Standards Manager,
• an Employee Practice Manager.
Driving incidents that occur outside of District
Employees involved in driving incidents outside of their District will be considered by 
their own District PDP. Local employees must complete all required incident reports 
(complying with Police Instructions) before transferring the file to the relevant Area 
Commander for consideration - see Appendix three.
RNZPC PDP membership

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Membership of the RNZPC () PDP () must comprise of:
• the Head of School: Prevention or in their absence a relieving HoS
• a PPDP () assessor from the Driver Training Unit, and
• an employee/s at the discretion of the National Manager: Training and 
Driving incidents at the RNZPC
Employees attending a RNZPC () course will have driving incidents considered by their 
own District PDP. The Supervising Instructor, Driver Training, RNZPC will complete 
and collate all required incident reports (complying with General Instructions) before 
forwarding to the Head of School: Prevention. After review the file will be forwarded to 
the officer's Area Commander and PDP chair - see Appendix three.
While at the RNZPC, the Inspector in charge of the course is the officer's supervisor. 
Therefore, they can make immediate driver classification changes as required to ensure 
Health and Safety obligations are met.
Note: recruit issues are considered by the RNZPC () PDP (). If the recruit is 
transferred or qualifies, the new District PDP will complete their assessment and 
training requirements.
Incident criteria guidelines
Refer to Incident criteria - see Appendix two.
Incident management
A PDP () must manage incidents in line with approved notification processes and 
forms -see Appendix three.
Incident review considerations
A PDP () should consider as part of an incident review the:
• circumstances of the incident
• severity of any incident, including actual harm and potential risks
• driver's experience, history, and length of operational service
• shift patterns and travelling requirements
• likelihood of the incident recurring
• occupational safety and health requirements
• the manager or supervisor's recommendation.

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Recommended action
Where any action is recommended, it must be discussed with the employee and their 
supervisor/manager, and should include one or more of the following actions:
• a  training  and/or development plan
• a reduction of driver classification if training and/or development is not sufficient 
• suspension of driver classification.
Where possible, any recommended action must be consistent with occupational safety 
and health, and Code of Conduct requirements.
Any employee facing a reduction or suspension of their driver classification must be 
given the opportunity to explain and defend their actions.
Appealing a PDP decision
Employees may appeal a PDP () decision by written submission setting out the basis of 
the appeal to their District Commander, with hearings in person at the request of the 
employee of the District Commander. A copy of the appeal must also be submitted to 
the Practice Leader: Road Policing by the employee.
The District Commander must:
• consider the appeal with a hearing in person if requested
• uphold, decline or seek further testimony or advice
• advise the employee the outcome in writing, with a copy to the Practice Leader: 
Road Policing.
The Practice Leader: Road Policing must:
• note  the  lodging  of the initial appeal
• provide advice to the district commander to promote national consistency
• update driving records if required subsequent to the appeal.
Appendix one - Assessment and classification 

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Appendix two - Incident criteria
This table details incident criteria and the required follow-up action.
Incident criteria

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Incident criteria
Unsafe driving behaviour
Driving capability issues requiring 
upskilling and/or further knowledge 
Driving conduct resulting in a crash or  managed by tutorial action (Assessment 
other incident.
and training plan).
Driving history matters required to be 
Appropriate driver classification.
declared for Silver and Gold 
classifications as per PPDP () policy.
Insufficient skill
Tutorial action (Assessment and training 
Driving capability issues requiring 
Appropriate driver classification.
Inappropriate decision making
Tutorial action (Assessment and training 
Driving capability or behaviour issues 
requiring upskilling and/or further 
Appropriate driver classification.
Poor driving attitude
Tutorial action (Assessment and training 
Appropriate driver classification.
Failure to comply with driving 
Tutorial action (Assessment and training 
policy or lawful orders
Driving capability or behaviour issues 
Appropriate driver classification.
requiring upskilling and/or further 

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Incident criteria
Issues considered outside the 
Advise the notifier the incident is 
training and assessment scope
considered out of scope.
Appendix three - Incident management process

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Approved notification processes and forms
PDP () forms/purpose
Initial notification to driver 
PDP () chair.
Manager or Supervisor.
Advises driver that incident is 
being considered by PDP ().
PPDP driver classification 
PDP () chair, Practice Leader: Road Policing. 
change - driver notification 
The supervisor/manager may temporarily 
decrease the driver classification until a PDP 
has convened and assessed the incident.
Advises driver and RNZPC () that 
driver classification has changed. 
This could be an 'increase or 
decrease' in driver rating.
Formal panel notification to 
PDP () chair and PPDP () assessor.
driver (POL1195)
Agreed assessment and training 
plan and outcome.
These forms are available from Police forms in Microsoft® Word, under Road Policing.