10 Jun 2020

Critics on Armed Response Teams scrapping

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 10 June 2020

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.