NSW Riot Police To Be Armed With Machine Guns
Riot squad police officers in NSW are set to be armed with rapid-fire weapons as part of an increase in security against terrorism.
The NSW Cabinet will meet on Thursday morning to discuss the plan which is said to have been in the works since before former police boss Andrew Scipione left office.
In the wake of recent attacks in Europe, new Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has recommended to the NSW premier and police minister that 100 officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad be given M4 Colt Carbine weapons.
"We will work quickly with government to train officers and roll out long-arm firearms to officers across the metropolitan area," NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has told the Daily Telegraph.
The increase in firepower for police follows the release of the coroner's report into the fatal Lindt Cafe terror siege in 2014 and recent terror attacks around the world, including Melbourne.
Mr Fuller told the Telegraph the force had identified "an appropriate firearm" and made the recommendation to the government.
"In this increasingly dangerous and rapidly changing environment, I recognise the need to adapt our response model to be able to dispatch tactical police from multiple locations across Sydney," he said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Police Minister Troy Grant are set to make an announcement later on Thursday.