Police Minister Poto Williams insists a new Tactical Response Model is not the controversial Armed Response Teams (ARTs) trialled and discontinued last year.
The Government announced a $45 million investment in police on Wednesday, including $15.496 million for a new Tactical Response Model, an additional 78 constabulary staff and 28 intelligence analysts, and frontline training.
The Tactical Response Model will include Tactical Dog Teams and Tactical Prevention Teams with advanced training to undertake warrants and other work involving moderate risk. They will be "generally unarmed" unless specific deployment requires it.
For context New Zealand has no armed police, unlike Australia where even the public transport "police" - sorry Public Safety Officers - carry... they travel in gangs and particularly like to stalk the youth at train stations and harass and beat them with fists while their guns in the holsters.
NZ only has the "armed defenders squad unit" a specialist task force called out when the cray-cray goes off - they have guns.
There has been calls to arm the bobby due to a spat of them being gunned down by actual gangsters in the line of duty at intersections and the like a few years/early last year.. but it was shouted down......so they said....
I guess its a matter of time to see how much of the population has blindly aqueous or been petrified by the latest lockdown into the death shot.. which if their numbers are anything to go by has worked perfectly.
Ill be off to the camps before Christmas.