ANALYSIS: For the first time in 5 years, there will be a new Commissioner of Police. And the race is wide open, including the possibility of the first woman to hold the top job. Jared Savage analyses the likely contenders for a job that is not for the fainthearted.

The race to become the next Commissioner of Police is now officially underway, although in truth the contenders have been jockeying for position for years.

This is the first time in six years the role has been up for grabs and, like any race, timing is crucial.

Favourites can fall away with the finish line in sight, or a rank outsider could come from nowhere.

In this case, the field is wide open and the winner could mean we see the first woman in charge of the New Zealand Police.

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The current Commissioner, Mike Bush, will leave Police National Headquarters

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