Squad gears up for 50-year anniversary

Former armed offenders squad members will get a taste of how much times have changed for their modern-day counterparts at Linton Military Camp.

This year armed offender squads across the country commemorate 50 years since the 1964 inception of a "course to train squads to deal with armed offenders", one year after the fatal shootings of four police officers.

Official commemorations took place earlier this month at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua.

But the 17 squads around New Zealand are also holding their own commemorations throughout the rest of the year. Palmerston North's is today.

Some 200 people, including former squad members and their families, were expected to gather at Linton Military Camp for a look into the new technology and practices of the modern-day squad.

Palmerston North's team have spent months planning their commemorative ceremony events, which include displays of house clearing, pursuits and hostage situations.

There will also be opportunities for former squad members to use some of the new technology and try out weapons on the firing range.

The commemorations, which are closed to the public, will finish with a dinner this evening.

Manawatu Standard