Lost and found Police M4 Bushmaster magazine ‘tip of an iceberg’

22 June 2017

A lost and found Police M4 Bushmaster rifle magazine, shows how the Police Association is wrong to target legal firearms owners while wanting to arm “all” police.

“While the M4 Bushmaster magazine has been thankfully recovered, if this was a private A-Cat firearms licence holder, they’d be going through the wringer about now,” says Ron Mark, New Zealand First Police spokesperson.

“Rather than wanting to arm police, the Police Association’s boss, Chris Cahill, ought to be showing concern about the government not funding Police training.  Just under 60% of all officers say that they do not receive nearly enough training and it shows.

“We also know that the Police have no clue as to how much of their ammunition has been lost, used, or indeed, stolen.  That’s fairly serious.

“Aside from this ‘lost and found’ Police rifle magazine, last year Police lost ‘in transit’ the carrier and assembly for a M4 Bushmaster assault rifle. 

“On top of the misplaced Glock found in a Parliamentary toilet, Police also lost a Taser and a holster during an arrest which was never recovered. 

“For the Police Association to push for a fully armed constabulary is a real concern when the Police have no clue as to how much pepper spray or how many handcuffs they have lost.

“These are gaping holes and we suggest that the Police Association and Government focus on plugging them with training, rather than going after law abiding duly licensed firearms owners,” says Mr Mark.

 

Parliamentary question for written answer 948 (2017):   

In each year since 2008/9, how many police firearms have been (i) lost; (ii) stolen or (iii) mislaid and subsequently recovered, by type of firearm and scene where the weapon was lost, stolen or mislaid, if any?

Hon Paula Bennett (Minister of Police (Includes responsibility for Serious Fraud Office)) replied: I am advised that the attached table shows details of firearms lost or unaccounted for from Police ownership or possession since 2008/09. The scene of such incidents is not routinely recorded by Police.

Year Make  Description 2010 Glock Stolen (court exhibit) 2010 Glock Stolen (court exhibit) recovered 2016 Bushmaster (part – carrier and assembly) Lost/Stolen in transit 2016 Glock Mislaid at Parliament and recovered

 

 Parliamentary question for written answer 950 (2017):

In each year since 2008/9, how many police tasers, pepper-spray and handcuffs have been (i) lost; (ii) stolen or (iii) mislaid and subsequently recovered, by type and scene where the tasers and/or pepper-spray and/or handcuffs were lost, stolen or mislaid, if any?

Hon Paula Bennett (Minister of Police (Includes responsibility for Serious Fraud Office)) replied Police does not currently have a comprehensive database that records the number of pepper spray canisters and handcuffs that have been lost, stolen or mislaid.

TASER MODEL DATE RECOVERED (Y/N) CIRCUMSTANCES X26 February 2011 No Discovered missing during an audit conducted post-earthquake. X2 Not specified Yes Taken from an insecure security box in a patrol vehicle by a juvenile. X2 November 2016 No Taser and holster lost during struggle with an offender. Search failed to locate it.

Parliamentary question for written answer 949 (2017): In each year since 2008/9, how many rounds of police ammunition have been (i) lost; (ii) stolen or (iii) mislaid and subsequently recovered, if any?

Hon Paula Bennett (Minister of Police (Includes responsibility for Serious Fraud Office)) replied: I am advised that this information is not collected in a central database and therefore cannot be provided.