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Graphic: An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966.


This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Strength of Police

  • 1900 – 11 officers, 20 detectives, 56 sergeants, 504 constables – a total of 591.

  • 1920 – 1,325 all ranks.

  • 1938 – 1,715 all ranks.

The strength of the Police remained about this figure until 1955, when it was realised that this was inadequate to match the increase in population. A target of 2,400 was set and reached in December 1958, at which time the Police began to work a five-day week. In 1965 the strength was about 2,700.