Are Police tough enough on lockdown breakers?

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 14 Sep 2020, 2:46PM
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Are Police tough enough on lockdown breakers?

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 14 Sep 2020, 2:46PM

Are lockdown breakers getting the full brunt of the law?

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters wants members of the Mount Roskill evangelical church to be dealt with for breaking isolation rules, which has been a contributing factor to the extension of level 2.5 in Auckland.

Meanwhile more than a thousand anti-lockdown protestors gathered in Auckland's Aotea Square on Saturday, which was organised by the Advance New Zealand party, where there was little social distancing and mask use.

Police Association president Chris Cahill told Mike Hosking in Melbourne, his colleagues are concerned about the damage to the Police reputation by arresting and fining people.

He says protestors are getting what they want.

"If you get the attention you want... that's also an incentive for further protestors  to go out next weekend."

Elsewhere, Police say a gun register is crucial in halting the rise in illegal firearms.

New figures show firearm seizures have more than doubled in the past decade, with almost two thousand confiscated last year.

Mr Cahill says without a gun register, it is difficult to measure progress.

He says as soon as they take a firearm off a criminal, they seem to be able to get another one.

The Government's gun buyback scheme collected 60 thousand firearms last year, at a cost of 100 million dollars.