NZ Po­lice of­fi­cers shaken and sad­dened by loss of col­league

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Auck­land: Po­lice of­fi­cers have been left shaken and sad­dened by the death of their col­league, who was shot dead in Auck­land last Fri­day.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with the mur­der of the Po­lice of­fi­cer Matthew Hunt, 28, who was killed dur­ing a rou­tine car stop. One other of­fi­cer was shot and wounded, and an­other per­son was struck by a flee­ing ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Chris Cahill said it had been a dif­fi­cult time for Po­lice staff.

“It sort of hits on two fronts. There are those of­fi­cers work­ing on the case, they’re just try­ing to be pro­fes­sional and to get out and con­trib­ute by do­ing the best pos­si­ble job,” he said.

“Then you have other of­fi­cers who aren’t in­volved and would re­ally like to con­trib­ute.

“And then you have just the gen­eral feel­ing of sad­ness and loss and frus­tra­tion that some­thing so need­less had to hap­pen.”

The shoot­ing had been a re­minder to of­fi­cers of the in­creas­ing lev­els of risk they were ex­posed to, while on duty, Mr Cahill said.

“They’ve cer­tainly in­creased their own aware­ness but it’s also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the fam­i­lies that are left at home, when of­fi­cers go to work, they worry a lot more too.” He said he was en­cour­ag­ing of­fi­cers to talk with their fam­i­lies to help them un­der­stand what they were go­ing to do to keep them­selves safe.

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