29 March 2022
[FYI request #18800 email]
Dear Mr George
Request for information
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request of 7 March 2022, in
which you asked for information regarding Police Special Tactics Group (STG). My
response to each of your questions can be found below.
Question 1: Has NZ Police ever considered, or do they have plans to open STG
selection up to civilians who are not currently serving in the NZ Police? Similar
to that of the NZSAS.
New Zealand Police is not currently considering opening STG selection to people who
are not constabulary employees. Police has previously considered this idea; however,
it was not progressed for the reasons set out in answer to Question Two below.
Question 2: What was the reasoning behind this decision?
It is the skil s, knowledge and experience gained as a constabulary employee that
provides the foundation for being a good STG operator. STG members are constabulary
employees first and foremost, who then receive additional tactical training as part of their
STG role. Restricting STG selection to current constabulary employees also ensures that
STG operators have the necessary legal powers granted to constabulary staff, as well
as appropriate experience and currency in applying these legal powers.
I hope this information is of assistance to you.
Superintendent Andrew Sissons
Director: Tactical Operations
New Zealand Police
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
Telephone: 04 474 9499. Fax: 04 498 7400. www.police.govt.nz