30 Dec 2010

Two-man police patrols not always feasible - minister

10:01 am on 30 December 2010

Police Minister Judith Collins says she wants to cut the number of assaults on officers, but it is not always possible to have two-man patrols.

An attack on an officer in Wairoa in Hawke's Bay on Boxing Day was the third that day and follows a machete attack on a policeman in Taihape on 11 December.

Ms Collins told Summer Report on Thursday Police Commissioner Howard Broad has advised her that patrolling in pairs would mean stations staffed by only one or two officers could not operate as they do now.

The minister says she will discuss a report on better police access to firearms with Mr Broad in January.

Ms Collins says it may mean having guns being locked in boxes in the front of patrol cars instead of the back and removing hurdles to officers taking them out.