- First Police Commissioner Mike Bush announces on 18 October that three Armed Response Vehicles will be trialled in three separate locations ..
.. Then - on 9th December Police media centre releases news that Police have taken delivery of three covert armoured cars costing $1.23 million dollars - to coincidentally be deployed around New Zealand also to three locations.
- This is an interesting statement from the news release ..
The vehicles do not carry arms, however staff in the vehicles will be armed with Police firearms, as is standard practice for these specialist staff when they are deployed.
.. Very interesting if we remember the OIA reply to my question (about what they've got) - stating that Police hold ..
74 x Firearms Capable Of Fully Automatic Fire - SUB-MACHINE GUNS.
40 x 40mm GRENADE LAUNCHERS - for use with GAS GRENADES & SPONGE ROUNDS
.. and that they are already deploying "distraction devices" - Noise Grenades (26 November)..
Does this demonstrate a PR technique of drip feeding bad news so that it seems unconnected?
- What will this 'Traditionally UNARMED Police Service' announce next month? .. maybe they will repeat their suggestion that we ordinary citizens seek training in "empty hand" self defence?