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Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said he had set aside $6m to put firearms safes in the boots of front line patrol cars.

The move would make sure every front line police officer had greater access to automatic rifles and pistols, said the latest issue of the Police Association magazine, Police News.

Police would also “ramp up” training for police to make sure they were all ready for the allocation of the additional guns, said the magazine.

Most patrol cars did not carry firearms but they were available to front-line officers if a senior officer decided police or the public could be put in danger.

Front-line police had been calling for greater access to firearms for some time as attacks on police continued to rise.

The latest move was expected to put a semi-automatic rifle, a 9mm Glock pistol, a Taser stun gun and body armour in the back of front-line police cars.

Source: NZ Herald

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