For once in a long list of condemnations by me of police shooting people and avoiding the Courts where their culpability for killing should be determined – rather than the IPCA aka “Boys Club”.
I reckon the FUZZ have got it right this time.
When the AOS are “called out”; they drop their routine tasks and scramble to the squad room, don their bullet proof attire, draw a weapon and jump in a car to head to the scene of an event where some arms related criminal activity is pending or just happened.
This delay between “call-out” and deployment, has always been a problem for cops at the scenes of incidents which do require armed police. Hanging about hiding behind a tree waiting for the cavalry, can be nerve racking.
With 24 hours mobile properly trained cops, ready to respond immediately the balloon goes up, the NZ Public are better protected from the bad guys AND most importantly, from front line cops being armed at all times.
As this link describes: armed front-line police can cause more grief than they remedy.
But overall, I reckon Mike Bush got this right. A farewell present worthy of gifting!
Unlike the farewell present his predecessor gifted.
Ross Meurant is a former Police Officer, Politician and author. His current book is available to purchase here…