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What Price a Police Officer’s Life?

18 May 2005

WHAT PRICE A POLICE OFFICER’S LIFE?

New Zealand First Law and Order spokesperson Ron Mark wants to know why front line police have yet to be personally issued with lightweight, stab-resistant and bulletproof body armour after five years of asking for it.

“Having been caught out in his deception over resourcing 111 services, it is time he now fronted up on providing officers with body armour.

“How many examples like Officer Nigel Hendrikse being stabbed and permanently disabled, will it take for this minister to act, given that in the past three years approximately 200 officers have been stabbed or attacked with firearms?

“Last year this Minister admitted that police were buying their own body armour and the time has long since past for this minister to actually honour his word and provide police with the resources they need.

“This type of lightweight, covert body armour is being issued to police recruits in overseas jurisdictions and it is readily available. “

“ What price does the minister place on an officer’s life?”

“Just because the minister thinks he’s bullet proof, evidenced by the fact that he has survived every disaster in his portfolio thus far, it doesn’t mean that front line police officers are.

“Police, though, can take comfort that there is one party in Parliament which takes their security seriously, and after the next election we will be able to do something about it”, said Mr Mark

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