The Police Commissioner says the now-scrapped Armed Response Teams have shown New Zealanders don't want an armed police force.
Andrew Coster announced armed officers won't be rolled out nationwide - citing public feedback and consultation with community groups. Mr Coster told Checkpoint last night the police should have consulted earlier - and more widely - before starting the six-month trial.
He says the result doesn't mean the teams are a failure. Auckland councillor for the Manukau ward, Efeso Collins, and the Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson, who were both outspoken critics of the trial, speak to Kim Hill.