Service in the Criminal Investigation Branch
At national headquarters in Wellington (staff and administrative officers) is the Criminal Investigation (Detective) Branch (CIB), which has existed since the civil Police Force was formed in 1886. A CIB is attached to each district headquarters and its members undertake the investigation and detection of the more serious offences in the district. Entry to the CIB is from the uniform branch. When a constable has had beat-duty experience he may apply for a transfer to the CIB. Acceptance depends not only on his general qualifications, such as good education and personality, but also on the zeal and intelligence he has shown as a constable. During his two years on beat duty he will have taken an in-service training course on general police work, and the marking of his papers will also have a bearing on his acceptance for the CIB.
The CIB is one of several specialist sections – others are the prosecutions section, telecommunications section, juvenile crime prevention section, ballistics section, and the dog unit. There are also some specialist sections within the branch.