Firearms related offences against police officers
TV3 news outlet Newshub requested information from Police on the number of times police officers were threatened with a firearm.
Police responded: The total number of firearms related assaults police crimes was:
2012 - 4
2013 - 8
2014 - 7
2015 - 10
The police numbers seem low and we assume they must relate to instances where officers were fired upon, as our own survey results below indicate a much higher number of officers threatened with firearms in the last 12 months.
In our 2015 Police Association Member Survey we asked members: "Have you been threatened with a firearm in the past year?"
341 constabulary members said they had been threatened with a firearm, 9% of the 3817 total respondents. Of this, around 300 were frontline officers. This equates to 10% of the frontline members who responded.
NZPA Member Survey 2015 results - Q17 Threatened with a firearm