Greg O'Connor has been confirmed as a Labour's candidate for Wellington's Ōhāriu electorate.
The former Police Association president has previously stated he has a close connection to the Ōhāriu community, having lived, worked and played for sports teams in the area.
"Standing in that electorate is a natural fit," he says.
He'll be standing against United Future's Peter Dunne.
The contest for the seat has been an unusual one, with the Greens mulling over a decision not to stand a candidate in a bid to oust Mr Dunne from the competition.
Mr Dunne got 13,569 votes at the last election, just ahead of Labour's candidate, who got 12,859 - a majority of just 710 votes.
Mr O'Connor chaired the International Council of Police Representative Associations for eight years, representing 1.5 million officers from more than 30 countries.