Survey shows increase in police being threatened by firearms


A Neilson survey shows that 1 in 8 police officers have been threatened with a firearm in the last 12 months. This marks a 38 percent increase from the last survey.

Police Association president Chris Cahill joins Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to discuss what’s causing the disturbing survey results.

Mr Cahill explains that much of the firearm activity is related to the increase of drugs and the gangs behind the drugs.

“We are seeing it right across the country – which actually mirrors the methamphetamine spreading across the country.”

For frontline officers, a staggering 1 in 5 have been threatened with a firearm. 

While some feel that Tasers could offer a safe way to protect officer, Mr Cahill says “they are not an answer to firearms.”

Listen to the full interview with Chris Cahill above.

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