14 Oct 2010

Firearms could be in police cars within months

7:46 pm on 14 October 2010

Police Minister Judith Collins says lock boxes for firearms in patrol cars could be rolled out within a matter of months.

Ms Collins says she supports giving police the power to make the call themselves on whether to use them.

She says she does not want to pre-empt a report by Police Commissioner Howard Broad, but it is important that he knows the Government supports options such as lock boxes.

Ms Collins says a decision on whether to introduce them is ultimately for Mr Broad to make.

However, if he does choose to do so, the policy could be in place within a few months.

Ms Collins says law-abiding people will support police being safe and she does not care what other people think.