Thorndon, Wellington NZ – The Internet has credited the New Zealand Police Department (NZPD) with posting one of the funniest law enforcement recruitment videos ever (video below.)
The video begins with a police raid that looks to be right out of a police television show. It shows police close in on a warehouse to the background music of bagpipes and drums.
Suddenly, the police officer leading the raid stops with a puzzled look on her face, turns around, and hushed the band that is standing just off to the side providing background music, as if a troupe of 16 bagpipers and drummers back up all the Kiwi SWAT raids.
That set the tone for the entertaining, three-minute recruitment video shared via the web by the police department on Nov. 25.
The video showcased the breadth of their department, featuring an appearance from New Zealand’s top ranking Police Commissioner Mike Bush, and one of the department’s newest recruits, Zion Leaupepe, who opens and closes the video, according to the New Zealand website Stuff .
The video featured 70 actual members of the NZPD, a real police band, and a police dog and cat (yes, a police cat!)
Police helicopters made a cameo, but the police officers themselves were the highlight of the reel, performing some pretty impressive gymnastics. The New Zealand police did not use stuntmen to create the video because their own officers are so multi-talented.
“NZ police are striving to increase our overall staff numbers over the next three years to meet our objective of being the safest country, and to deliver on the Government’s signaled staffing increase,” Commissioner Bush said.
He said NZPD police recruiters were targeting 18-to-24 year olds, women, Maori, Pacific Islanders, and people from all different ethnicities and backgrounds “to better reflect the communities we serve.”
“We also need recruits who are happy to be based in the Auckland area,” he said.
Karen Jones, deputy chief executive of public affairs, said they are looking for people who want to bring their own problem-solving skillsets to the job.
“There are more than 30 different career paths within NZ police and it was really important to demonstrate the range of options for people who may be considering joining us,” Deputy Chief Jones said.
You can see the video below: