Time to arm the cops?

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Judith Collins thinks it is time to arm the cops.

The sooks disagree, even arts, lifestyle, fitness and travel blogger, David Farrar, disagrees. He thinks it will lead to an arms race amongst the criminal fraternity.

I don’t know what planet he lives on but the criminals are already armed.  Every time there is a drugs bust there are numerous firearms confiscated.

Another issue for police going into violent homes is how to keep themselves safe.

Police will often say that the most dangerous situations for them are family violence calls.

Every kitchen has knives, some homes have guns.

They don’t know what the layout of the home is, how many people are there, what reception they’ll get.

These days front-line police have access to tasers and better access to firearms. As we’ve seen lately, going into a hospital can lead to being shot at.

Even though police have access to firearms in their car lockboxes, I’m concerned that they too often feel that they can’t take them.  

They get concerned at how carrying firearms will be interpreted, whether they’ll be backed by the public, whether they’ll be criticised or disciplined.

We are one of the few jurisdictions when police are routinely unarmed.

Politicians are loath to change that and we say that it’s up to the police commissioner.

Kiwis tell us that we expect our police to not always be armed.

Polling by the police association shows a different feeling from front-line police.

Frontline cops tell me that the world has changed and they’re more inclined towards arming.

I’m saying that if there is the slightest doubt as to safety, then police must be backed to protect both themselves and the public.

As we find from the prevention first policy around recidivist family violence offenders, there’s nothing like being prepared.

I’m all for arming the Police, but I also think that we should bring in stand your ground legislation that allows residents the right to protect themselves with what ever means necessary, even if that means using firearms.

All too often people have called the Police but that 10 minutes or longer it takes for the Police to arrive is too much time.

The problem we see if people do defend themselves is they wind up being prosecuted instead of the trespassing scumbag intent on violence.

If the police are to be armed then at the very least allow people to protect themselves with stand your ground legislation.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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