Good stuff from new commissioner

The new Police Commissioner has started on the job and he has announced something that will get all the liberal panty-waists knickers in a knot.

Within months police can expect an easing of restrictions for using Tasers and greater access, including one in every frontline vehicle, under new Police Commissioner Peter Marshall.

He also supports more access to firearms, tougher penalties for those who assault police, and a jail term for every time a driver flees police.

But Commissioner Marshall, 57, who started a three-year term this week, is against the general arming of police, even though it is supported by the Police Association.

“It may come in the future, but nothing I’ve seen at this stage suggests to me that the public or police are going to be safer through general arming,” Commissioner Marshall said.

“What is likely is that more people will be shot by police under circumstances where other tactical options may or may not have been available.”

Excellent and good to see he is advising crims that they risk getting holes put in them. Even better is his stance on lazy senior staff.

And after critical reports last year into police culture, he put under-performing managers on notice.

“If we have people not doing the job, but more importantly, poisoning or influencing younger members, I’ll do whatever I can to move them out.”

Swing the axe Peter, swing the axe.

Tasers were only in 26 per cent of frontline vehicles, and officers had to gain permission via the communications centre to use them.

“I would like a bit more flexibility in terms of the discretion of the officers. For instance, if they were going to a domestic dispute, take the Taser just as a precaution,” Commissioner Marshall said.

“I’m not talking about having it worn all the time. But when police officers are going into a difficult situation, it makes great sense to me to take the Taser with them …”

Cops I have spoken to have said that the taser is the single most effective tool in defusing situations. As soon as the laser aimer rests on their chest the alleged crimes quiet right down.

He also supports a police proposal for lock-boxes in every frontline vehicle.

“If any police officer needs a firearm at any time, day or night, for operational reasons, he or she shall have it. [At present] only about 26 per cent have lock-boxes. I would like to see all operational vehicles with the ability to have a rifle, a glock, a Taser and ballistic armour. I don’t see any sense in [police] having to wait for another car to arrive with that equipment, or indeed for members to have to go back to the police station, as has happened.”

Very, very good start by the commissioner.