What Are The Consequences Of Routinely Arming The New Zealand Police? Essay

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What are the consequences of routinely arming the New Zealand Police? There are currently very few law enforcement agencies in the world that remain unarmed. Of the 34 member countries that make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) it is only Ireland, Norway and Britain that share New Zealand’s unarmed status. New Zealand Police has a strong history of being unarmed, in that officers don’t routinely wear a firearm on their person. The current policy allows for police to be armed depending on the level of risk. However, there are differing views on degree of access to firearms, for example: should firearms be secured in police vehicles, should the armed offenders Squad continue to be first response, or should our police be routinely armed? The increasing levels of reported crimes of violence in society today, and in particular the increasing incidence of the use of firearms in crime, give us all cause for concern. Policing is an integral component of our communities, so how the Police deal with this changing dynamic will influence not only serious crime, but also future public perception of policing as we know it. The key question for discussion here is what would the likely consequences be if New Zealand were to routinely arm its police? In this essay I will argue that New Zealand should routinely arm its police as the consequences of not arming outweigh the risk to police and public. There has been extensive commentary on this debate by

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