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Fewer Police to Train with Firearms

Dominion Post (Wellington)

9 September 2009

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Two out of five city police officers will be excluded from firearms training…

At present, police are not routinely armed but every sworn officer must have two days' training every year in using firearms, pepper spray and batons…

Now police management are planning to reduce the number of officers trained, with up to 40 per cent of city police including Youth Aid officers and other frontline staff excluded…

Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Viv Rickard said the new model would improve public and staff safety by training 40 per cent of officers, including all rural officers, to a better standard.

Thirty per cent of provincial and city staff would be trained only in using the Bushmaster rifle, but not the Glock pistol, and the rest two out of five metropolitan police would not be allowed to use firearms.

…armed offenders squad callouts rose 20 per cent in a year and now average more than two callouts a day nationally the highest in 13 years. Officers have said this was partly because of a change in policing to give frontline staff more support, and partly because of an increased number of armed incidents…

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