Police Records and Personal Files:

Archives New Zealand is the official repository for government archives. For access to Police records (including access to personal files for genealogical research) contact or visit Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, phone 04 499 5595 or fax 04 4956210. Please note access to Police records is restricted until 100 years from date of closure, or 70 years from date of closure for Police Gazettes.

Search Archives New Zealand using Archway: http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/


  Criminal Records: 


Find out about access to criminal records at: http://www.justice.govt.nz/services/get-a-copy-of-your-criminal-record or write to The Criminal Records Unit, Ministry of Justice National Office, PO Box 2750, Wellington.


  General Police History:

Most districts of New Zealand have a book outlining the history of policing in their local area. To view a list of books about policing in New Zealand visit the New Zealand Police website's history page. Most of these titles will be available via your local library. Alternatively contact the Museum to purchase any of the books on the list via the museum shop.

For any further enquiries you are welcome to contact us at the Museum at museum@police.govt.nz. Due to the Museum having very few staff we have little time to dedicate to individual research enquiries, however we will do our best to help you in any way we can.

The museum's charging schedule for research enquiries can be downloaded here:

Charging Schedule 2012.13.doc


  Mug Shots:


As part of the online exhibition 'Suspicious Looking: 19th Century Mug Shots From the New Zealand Police Museum' we have made a number of previously unaccessible mug shots available online. The images provided online may used for educational or non-commercial purposes, but the Museum is not able to provide higher quality reproductions of the photographs, nor any additional information on the individuals in the mug shots. To learn more about the people in the images and the crimes they committed, you can try searching old newspapers online using the National Library of New Zealand's 'Papers Past' digitized archive: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast 



Unless otherwise stated, all images and information found on this website are property of the New Zealand Police Museum.


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New Zealand Police Museum,
21 Mar 2012, 16:29