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Police Minister Stuart Nash says a solid start has been made to the gun buyback and amnesty after the first weekend of community collection events.

Police Minister Stuart Nash has praised Police and gun owners after the first firearms collection event saw a busy turnout at Riccarton Racecourse in Christchurch.

Seventy-eight new Police constables are heading out to the regions following today’s graduation of a new recruit wing from the Royal New Zealand Police College.

The need to ensure high levels of public safety is the focus of plans revealed today for the first firearms collections during the buy-back and amnesty.

Community hubs from the Kaitaia RSA to the Oban pavilion on Stewart Island will be used by Police to collect firearms handed in during the buy-back and amnesty.

Licensed firearms owners will get fair compensation for weapons handed in during the six-month buy-back and amnesty, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. 

A new record for the number of Police officers deployed to the regions in a single year has been created with the graduation today of Recruit Wing 326.

Improving the safety of all road users is the focus of a new public consultation document on the issue of drug driver testing.

Police Minister Stuart Nash says calling a cop suddenly got a whole lot easier with the launch of a ground-breaking new service for non-emergency calls.

Frontline Police numbers have been boosted with today’s deployment of 77 new officers to the regions.

The first nationwide snapshot of the consumption of restricted drugs indicates the prevalence of methamphetamine use in New Zealand, says Police Minister Stuart Nash.

Police numbers have been boosted with the graduation of 21 new constables from an innovative training scheme that allows them to stay close to their families.

Police have today dealt a major blow to the Comanchero gang with the arrest of senior gang leaders and seizure of nearly four million dollars of assets.

Mr Speaker, We have travelled a long way in eight days, since the bill was read a first time.

Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established as a first step towards determining the level of compensation.

Mr Speaker, it is Day 25 of the largest criminal investigation in New Zealand history.

Mr Speaker, as we meet today New Zealand is under a terror threat level of HIGH.

Police Minister Stuart Nash has introduced legislation changing firearms laws to improve public safety following the Christchurch terror attacks.

On 15 March the nation witnessed a terrorist attack that demonstrated the weakness of New Zealand's gun laws.

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Police Minister Stuart Nash is backing Police efforts to improve the way frontline officers handle fleeing driver incidents.

The Police will get stronger powers of search and seizure to crackdown on synthetic drugs under new legislation, which makes the two main synthetics (5F-ADB and AMB-FUBINACA) Class A drugs.

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Police Minister Stuart Nash has extended his sympathies to the Police and residents of Richmond in Christchurch who were caught up in the overnight shooting.