Special police patrol vehicles carrying armed officers will start patrolling Counties Manukau, Waikato and Canterbury as part of a six-month trial to cut down response times to serious incidents involving firearms.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush made the announcement in Manukau, Auckland yesterday morning.
The so-called armed response teams would be made up of police staff who are part of the armed offenders squad.
The armed offenders squad is normally on-call 24/7, but for the trial they would be routinely armed, equipped, mobile and ready to go to any events or incidents where they are needed, Mr Bush said.
Such teams were a standard feature of policing internationally, he said.
"The Police's mission is that New Zealand is the safest country. Following the events of March 15 in Christchurch, our operating environment has changed," Mr Bush said.
"The threat level remains at medium and we are continuously reviewing our tools, training, and capabilities we use to provide Policing services to ensure we remain fit for purpose."
The armed response teams would consist of a minimum of three specialist armed offenders squad personnel.
At times, they may be supported by additional staff, like specialist dog units.
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Late on Friday evening early Saturday morning (10th - 11th Jan 2020) the NZ Police were doing their thing on the Leamington side of the High Bridge, as they do. When they were packing up to head off to another location the NZ Police Booze Bus turned left ONTO the High Bridge hitting the overhead Drop down signs that smash into the top of large vehicles. The driver of the NZ Police Booze Bus stopped then kept on going across the bridge into town.
Can the NZ Police please let us know if they issued a Infringement Notice to that NZ Police person behind the steering wheel of that Booze bus for crossing over the bridge and damaging not only the overhead warning signs but also severely damaging the top of the Booze Bus? (The booze bus is owned by the NZ Tax Payer).
I always thought the NZ Police should be setting a good example but it appears in this case the driver was either pissed or asleep at the wheel and crossed over!
Will the NZ Police please respond/comment.
(Screenshot of image found in Stuff)