Policing and Society Conference, Akureyri

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Myths of non-routinely armed policing

Historically, the rate of officer involved shootings in New Zealand has been lower than the rate of officer involved shootings in Australia. This has, in part, been understood as a function of New Zealand Police retaining a non-routinely armed status while Australian police agencies have progressively become routinely armed with firearms. This assumption is tested through a comparison of officer involved shootings in Australia, England and Wales, and New Zealand over a 50-year period (1971-2020). However, the present research identifies that in the past decade, the rate of officer involved shootings in New Zealand has surpassed that of Australia. Comparing how operational police firearms policies in Australia, England and Wales, and New Zealand coalesce with changes in the rate of shootings, this paper provides an opportunity to consider the efficacy of the binary routinely armed / non- routinely armed paradigm.
Period4 Oct 2023
Event typeConference
LocationAkureyri, IcelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational