31 Aug 2010

Police respond to criticism of protective vests

5:14 pm on 31 August 2010

Police say they are committed to providing the best possible safety equipment after protective vests issued to officers were criticised in the trial of those who killed an undercover officer, Sergeant Don Wilkinson in 2008.

On Monday John Skinner was sentenced in the High Court in Auckland to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison for Mr Wilkinson's murder.

His associate, Iain Clegg, was sentenced at serve at least four years for manslaughter.

At their trial in May, the head of police national covert operations criticised police vests, calling them bulky, hot, restrictive and a serious safety issue.

A written statement from police says they will continue to monitor overseas developments in body protection.