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This chapter contains the following topics: 
•  Introduction 
•  Purpose 
•  Deployment with the ASP baton 
•  Deployment of staff with SHB or long baton 
-  Who may be deployed with the SHB or long baton? 
-  Who may be deployed with the long baton? 
-  SHBs or long batons must not be routinely carried 
•  Approval required for deployment 
•  Tactical Options reporting 
•  Training and certification 
-  SHB baton 
-  ASP baton 
-  Long baton 
•  Storage of SHB and long batons 
Police have three approved batons: 
•  ASP baton (general issue) 
•  Side handled baton (SHB) (specialist / authorised user) 
•  Long baton (specialist / authorised user). 
This topic details: 
•  when the ASP baton, side handled baton or the long baton may be deployed 
•  who can be deployed with the side handled baton or the long baton 
•  reporting after use 
•  training and certification requirements. 
Deployment with the ASP baton 
The ASP baton is general issue and the primary baton in use by Police. The ASP baton 
should be carried as an appointment at all times. Any decision to use the ASP baton 
must be made in accordance with the Tactical Options Framework, and ‘Use of force’ 
Deployment with SHB or long baton 
Consideration of the operational deployment of the SHB or long baton is an important 
escalation in New Zealand Police’s use of force and consequently requires careful 
consideration before any decision to deploy. 
Decisions must be in accordance with the Tactical Options Framework as well as the 
Public Order Intervention Model. The SHB or long baton should only be used when it is 
believed that other more reasonable tactical options would be ineffective. 
The SHB is provided primarily as a means of defence. 
Who may be deployed with the SHB? 
Policing Support Units and other Constabulary employees assembled and trained for 
public order policing activities may be deployed with the SHB, but only in specific 
operational circumstances, such as large scale and out of control parties, potentially 
violent protest activity, or during pre-planned operations such as New Years Eve policing. 
In all cases, deployment with the SHB can only occur when specific approval has been 
given pursuant to ‘Approval required for deployment’ below. 
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Only constables trained and currently certified in SHB may be issued with and deployed 
with the SHB. 
District Commanders may authorise District Operations Managers to organise the 
training and certification of additional staff in SHB to meet any specific operational 
Who may be deployed with the long baton? 
The long baton may only be used by specifically trained Policing Support Unit squads in 
conjunction with the gladiator or enforcer shields, and only during ‘hard’ public order 
policing responses. 
SHBs or long batons must not be routinely carried 
The SHB or long baton must not be issued as a matter of course and must not be 
routinely carried. 
Approval required for deployment 
Deployment with the SHB or long baton can only be approved by the: 
•  District Shift Commander, or 
•  District Command Centre Coordinator, or 
•  Shift Commander – Communications Centre (Northern / Central / Southern) 
•  Operations Commander of a particular event. 
Tactical Options reporting 
A Tactical Options Report (TOR) must be submitted before the end of shift for any use 
(strike) of the ASP baton, SHB, or long baton against an offender or member of the 
public. See ‘Reporting use of force/tactical options use’ in the ‘Use of force’ chapter. 
Training and certification 
SHB baton 
All employees who may be issued with and deployed with the SHB must undergo basic 
operator training and annual certification training from SHB Instructors qualified by the 
Training Service Centre. 
SHB certification is valid for 12 months. 
Every fulltime Policing Support Unit should maintain a SHB Instructor component on the 
unit at all times. 
SHB instructors must re-certify as SHB instructors every 2 years. 
ASP baton 
To deploy with and use the ASP baton employees must be PITT level 3 trained and 
Long baton 
Training for use of the long baton will be conducted within Policing Support Units. 
Storage of SHB and long batons 
Full time PSU units must maintain a supply of SHB, long batons, and baton clips for their 
normal deployment activities. 
District Operations Managers must also maintain a suitable supply of SHB and baton 
clips in a central location for contingency purposes, and for operational deployments. 
This is an uncontrolled document printed for reference only. 
The controlled document can be found in the Police Instructions site which is accessible via the New Zealand Police Intranet. 
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