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The 19 Countries That Do Not Arm Their Police Officers

19 July 2017


A woman who called 911 to report a nearby crime was killed by a US police officer last weekend. The circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear. The fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk, a dual Australian-US national who had settled in Minnesota in 2014, has made headlines in both her native Australia and her adopted home in Minneapolis – once again reigniting the all too familiar debate surrounding the role that firearms play in both law enforcement and in... (

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Addressing Gun Violence in the Caribbean and the Pacific

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

"The seas bring us together, they do not separate us." –Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia The Caribbean and the Pacific each offer a unique and contrasting perspective toward addressing armed violence. Despite sharing similar challenges as Small Island Developing States (SIDS), each region faces very different circumstances on the ground. In light of this, each region has taken a different approach toward addressing armed violence. The Pacific stands... (

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With NZ Help, Niue's Police Improve Their Skills in Handling Guns

29 May 2007

Radio New Zealand International (Pacific shortwave)

Niue's police force has been receiving instruction in the use of rifles and small arms. The chief of police, Ross Ardern, says two instructors from the New Zealand police have been on the island to provide tactical options training, which includes the use of firearms. He says like anywhere else in the world, Niue's police need to be able to respond to any event that may occur on the island. "And one of the tactical options of course is to be able to have the safe use... (

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Government to Discuss Gun Control

23 August 2001


ALOFI — Niue police and cabinet are discussing gun control measures to be introduced on the island following the fatal shooting of a prison inmate last week. The shooting, the second of its kind in 10 months, has prompted calls for temporary confiscation of more than 300 shotguns held by the island's 1750 residents. Officials on the island nation confirmed there are a number of unregistered firearms. The Police department attempted to inspect registered shotguns... (

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Warder Charged Over Prison Shooting

21 August 2001


A 57 year-old Niue prison warder, Joe McCoy, has been formally charged with murder following the fatal shooting of an inmate last Tuesday. Michael Pioiva, 41, who was serving nine years' imprisonment for sexual and violent offences, is reported to have died after being shot twice within the prison compound. McCoy, a former seaman who had been employed as a prison warder for several years, was in addition charged with five firearm offences. From his office in New... (

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