Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Further enhancements to Police Integrated Tactical Training

Further enhancements to Police Integrated Tactical Training

NZ Police has made further enhancements to its tactical training that will see more of its officers trained in the use of Taser and firearms, as part of its continuing focus on improving staff and public safety.

In March last year, the organisation announced improvements to the structure and delivery of its Police Integrated Tactical Training (PITT), which covers the training that all constabulary staff receive to be deployable. It comprises training in a full array of tactical skills and techniques, including defensive ("empty hand") tactics, OC spray, baton, handcuffs, Taser and firearms.

The enhanced PITT programme, effective from 1 July, introduces a three-tiered tactical response structure, with staff trained as Level 1, 2 or 3 responders, depending on their roles, responsibilities and level of risk.

Assistant Commissioner Operations, Mike Rusbatch, says Level 1 responders represent those staff who will typically attend higher risk situations that may necessitate access to Taser or firearms, while Level 2 responders will receive Glock pistol training. Level 3 responders will be available to respond to all other incidents that are lower risk and make up the majority of Police interactions.

"All of our staff, regardless of responder level, will receive core tactical training in essential techniques, including defensive tactics, handcuffs, pepper sray and baton, which are effective in resolving the vast majority of incidents we attend.

"Following further consideration and after listening to feedback from our staff, approximately 5,700 of Police's 8,100 district staff will receive training in the M4 rifle, Glock pistol and Taser as Level 1 responders – around 700 more than originally proposed. Meanwhile, approximately 2,100 district staff will be Level 2 responders, receiving training in the Glock pistol, in addition to their exisiting training.

"These additional enhancements are in keeping with our focus in ensuring staff safety on the job and meeting our Prevention First objectives," Mr Rusbatch says.

"For the public there should be no change, but we expect that our service levels will improve further as those staff who most often respond to critical incidents will receive the most appropriate training that better matches their role and responsibilities.”

Mr Rusbatch says the new training structure continues to focus strongly on the successful de-escalation of situations primarily through good communication and sound decision-making skills.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Bullish On China Shopping: Trade Minister On Premier's Visit

Q+A: Trade Minister Todd McClay – not ruling out a conversation around Chinese workers coming to New Zealand to work on infrastructure projects as part of trade talks:

‘Yeah, well, that’s not something that’s on the table at the moment, but, look, what we’ve agreed as part of the, you know, when we start the upgrade negotiation, both sides can raise issues that are of importance to them. We’ve got a list of things we want to talk about. China may well have.’ More>>

 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news