21 Jul 2021

National Party wants police armed response units

From Midday Report, 12:17 pm on 21 July 2021

The National Party is calling for the police to reinstate armed response units - saying the police commissioner got it wrong stopping them. 

Judith Collins says the community actually wanted the trial to be made permanent but the police commissioner gave in. But many advocated against them saying armed police patrols mean people being killed by the police, and that will mean Māori people in this country. ARTs were discontinued in June 2020, after a trial in Counties Manukau, Waikato and Canterbury. One of those who advocated strongly against them was lobby group Arms Down NZ. Its founder Emilie Rakete speaks to Māni Dunlop.