Police Medical Officer (PMO) vacancies exist in both Whanganui and Palmerston North

Full details of duties and conditions are available from:

Dr Jack Drummond jd.em.drummond@xtra.co.nz Phone 0274888882 or




The Police Medical Officer undertakes that he/she holds current registration with the New Zealand Medical Council as a Registered Medical Practitioner.


The Police Medical Officer will:

1. Medical Assistance

1.1 Provide medical assistance to injured or ill persons such as prisoners, suspects, victims and staff.

2. Forensic Medicine Services

2.1 Assess victims and suspects (includes history and examination).

2.2 Examine victims of alleged sexual or physical assault.

2.3 Collect appropriate forensic specimens, eg in alleged sexual assault cases or in cases of people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

2.4 Examine people with mental illness in custody.

2.5 Attend deaths that occurred in custody.

2.6 Confirm life extinct in cases of sudden death when the normal general practitioner is not available.

2.7 Examine and assess persons suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

3. Occupational Medicine Services

3.1 Monitor and provide medical advice to staff exposed to blood products.

3.2 Conduct medical examinations of recruit applicants.

3.3 Conduct medical examinations of police staff for overseas deployments.

3.4 Collect urine and blood samples to screen police staff for drugs.

4. Presentation of Evidence

4.1 Present factual evidence (ie facts not opinions).

4.2 Present expert evidence (ie an expert opinion on the interpretation of certain facts).

4.3 Assist with the preparation of legal cases.

4.4 Prepare medical reports.

5. Advisory Services

5.1 Provide advice where required, eg review of medical aspects of cases or advice on ongoing management of ill or injured prisoners.

5.2 Provide advice on occupational health matters to local Police management.

6. Other Duties and Responsibilities

6.1 Maintain competence and registration as a General Medical practitioner.

6.2 Upskill in the area of forensic medicine through attendance at training organised by the NZ Police and reading information provided.

6.3 Maintain accurate and contemporaneous notes and records of patient contacts.

6.4 Provide appropriate medical tools and medical supplies for examinations and treatments.

6.5 Conduct examinations in an environment that is consistent with the medical, safety and dignity requirements in accordance with relevant NZ Police General Instructions and medical ethics.

7. Roster

Provide rostered services as agreed from time to time with the Officer in Charge of the policing area in which the service is provided.