The organisation representing rank-and-file police is once again calling for the arming of frontline officers.
The call comes after police shot dead Vaughan Te Moananui on the Coromandel Peninsula at the weekend, after he allegedly threatened officers with a gun.
Police Association president Greg O’Connor says the time is approaching when all frontline police will need to be armed.
“Fortunately in this case it was the armed offenders squad who he confronted, not the general police from Thames, because they would not have been as well-equipped to deal with the situation,” says Mr O’Connor.
In another incident last week, shots were fired at police in south Auckland.
And this is especially needed for cops that are out in the wops wops hours away from backup. Time to get over our romantic view that our country is some idyllic safe backwater. We are sending good men and women into situations while we are not taking full responsibility for their well being.
That’s just not right.
– 3 News