17 Feb 2014

More police to get weapons training

5:16 pm on 17 February 2014

More police officers are to be trained to use guns and tasers.

Police officers.

Photo: PHOTO NZ

Under a new initiative taking effect in July, 700 more police staff will be trained at level one - meaning they can attend high-risk situations where firearms may be needed.

That will bring the number of level one staff to 5700.

Some 2100 more officers will train at level two, which involves learning to use a glock pistol.

Assistant commissioner of operations Mike Rusbatch said on Monday the changes will help keep staff safe on the job.

Mr Rusbatch said every officer would still be trained in defensive tactics and the use of handcuffs and pepper spray, which he believed are effective in most incidents.