11 Nov 2019

Police Armed Response Teams questioned

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 11 November 2019

Armed police from the newly formed Armed Response Teams have been used to pull over a car linked to a dishonesty crime on a suburban Hamilton road.

The police say the man in the car was arrested without incident and was known to have carried firearms, but he wasn't charged with any gun offences in this case.

Police say the Armed Response Teams are not only responding to crime, but can also be involved in "preventative patrolling" in high risk crime spots.

A critic says it's terrifying that armed police are being used to deal with low level offences - when the police stressed it would be used for serious cases.

Jordan Bond reports.