New Zealand's Diplomatic Protection Service (DPS) The Diplomatic Protection Squad (DPS) is a branch of the New Zealand Police that provides personal security for both national and visiting VIPs. National VIPs protected include the Prime Minister, the Governor General, Ministers of the Crown, and the Leader of the Opposition, both within New Zealand and abroad. Previous visiting VIPs afforded DPS protection have included Tiger Woods during the 2002 New Zealand Open, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The squad is based in the capital Wellington, where the majority of foreign diplomatic missions are. Officers are experienced members of the New Zealand Police, who pass the DPS course at the Royal New Zealand Police College. The course has training on topics such as diplomatic immunity and unarmed combat. Squad members usually operate in plain clothes, and both genders can be squad members.
The New Zealand Police established the DPS in the mid 1970s, to meet New Zealand's obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and Consular Relations.
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