1News: Top cop does not see armed police as NZ’s future

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The Police Commissioner does not see the routine arming of police as an inevitability after the Christchurch terrorist attack.

“Quite firmly, I do not. I hope we never go there. What I, as commissioner, have to consider every day is the safety of the public, the safety of New Zealand police officers,” Mike Bush said.

The terrorist attack on March 15 saw armed police officers present across the country.

We will, and have returned to routine, un-armed police service,” Mr Bush said. “But our staff have immediate access to any tactical options they require.”

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