Mark Mitchell on Police shootings


Whilst a police officer in Rotorua my colleagues and I were confronted with a similar situation as the one Rotorua Police staff were confronted with yesterday. Always at the forefront of a police officer’s decision-making process, often while events are unfolding quickly, is public safety.

An offender armed with a machete and high on drugs could kill or inflict serious injury on an unsuspecting member of the public very quickly. On the face of it the officers involved acted quickly, professionally and with courage to ensure no member of the public was killed or seriously injured. 

In relation to the way our Media report these incidents. I acknowledge that headlines sell papers, but the type of headline like the one above is not helpful when considering the type of stress and tension we are currently witnessing in the U.S.

I am proud of our NZ Police service. Having trained and worked with law enforcement agencies globally, I have no doubt that we have one of the best-trained and most professional police services in the world.

In my own electorate of Rodney, when I don’t see them in a police uniform I see them on school boards of trustees, administering sports clubs, surf clubs and Lions clubs, volunteering at locals events, running programmes for youth in their own time, and just getting on and raising their families.

Their children, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives , friends and communities deserve better than a headline like this.


– Mark Mitchell, MP

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