Tim MicKinnel: Police are trialing new heavily armed units. This ex-cop thinks that’s a very dangerous idea

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Highly trained, armed police are a necessary tool in emergency situations, but roving teams eager to find work could be a recipe for disaster, writes investigator and former police officer Tim McKinnel for RNZ.

Police announced yesterday they are to introduce a trial of Armed Response Teams (ARTs) in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch, euphemistically describing their role as one to “support police’s tactical capabilities”.

Commissioner Mike Bush says the teams are being introduced because the events of 15 March in Christchurch demonstrate that the “operating environment has changed”, drawing a direct link between the atrocities in Christchurch and the introduction of the ARTs.

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