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Police Association president Chris Cahill spoke on Morning Report about the incident in which police shot a man who was holding two children hostage.
New Zealand Police Association regional director Scott Thompson said different officers would process a traumatic incident differently.
Police Association vice president Craig Tickelpenny said there is a robust process that takes place following a fatal shooting by an officer.
Police Association Vice President Craig Tickelpenny said the officers "had to make that call".
Craig Tickelpenny said it was a traumatic experience for the officers and the association's main concern was for their welfare.
The Police Association is impressed with the ability of Police to recruit and graduate 1800 officers in such a short period.