The Armed Response Team (ART) trial ended on Sunday 26 April 2020. Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has announced that ARTs will not be part of the New Zealand policing model in the future. The decision not to roll-out ARTs following the six-month trial was made based on preliminary findings from the trial evaluation, feedback received from the public, and consultation with community forum groups.
New Zealand Police values our relationships with the different communities we serve, and delivers on the commitments we make to them. This means listening and responding to our communities and partnering with them to find solutions that work for both Police and our communities. The response teams do not align with the style of policing that New Zealanders expect.
Police’s Evidence Based Policing Centre will still complete the full evaluation, including data collected during the trial, public perceptions data, and the views of Police teams involved, as well as other relevant interested parties.
The six-month trial data on incidents and offences has been proactively released here.