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Police Association calls for General Arming of Police

NZPA | Thu October 14th, 2010

The 75th Annual Conference of the Police Association has endorsed a motion to support general arming of all sworn New Zealand police officers.

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New award honours burning van bravery

NZPA | Wed October 13th, 2010

The outstanding bravery of Police Inspector Mike O’Leary in rescuing two children from a burning van last year was honoured today, as the Police Association awarded him the first ever New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Mon September 27th, 2010

Tomorrow, Police staff and others will be wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect.  Police Remembrance Day falls on the 29th September, the feast day of the Archangel Michael, patron saint of police.

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Police Association applauds restoration of right to stand for council

NZPA | Wed June 23rd, 2010

The Police Association today applauded the passage of a Bill to restore the democratic right of police officers to stand for election to their local council.

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Policing Amendment Bill will restore right to stand for council

NZPA | Wed June 2nd, 2010

The Police Association today welcomed the introduction of a Bill to restore the democratic right of police officers to stand for election to their local council.

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Police Association welcomes IPCA report on child abuse

NZPA | Tue May 18th, 2010

The Police Association today welcomed the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into backlogs in investigation of child abuse files.

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Ngaruawahia assault demands tactical options rethink

NZPA | Thu April 22nd, 2010

The assault which left a police officer unconscious in Ngaruawahia overnight highlights the folly of Police moves to rely increasingly on specialists to deal with dangerous incidents, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association welcomes Government action on 'P'

NZPA | Wed October 7th, 2009

The Prime Minister’s package of announcements shows a welcome recognition, at the highest level of Government, of the extent of the ‘P’ problem.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Mon September 28th, 2009
Police around New Zealand are today reflecting on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect, as they mark Police Remembrance Day.

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McDonald Sentencing ‘One Step Closer To Closure’

NZPA | Tue September 22nd, 2009
Today’s sentencing of Stephen McDonald for the armed, P-fuelled rampage that led to the accidental killing of Halatau Naitoko on Auckland’s motorway brings those involved one step closer to closure.

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Association Hopes Liquor Debate Leads To Reform

NZPA | Thu July 30th, 2009

The Police Association hopes the Law Commission’s issues paper on liquor law reform prompts serious debate leading to changes in liquor laws and public attitudes towards liquor consumption, Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Association Supports Officers Involved in Police Shooting

Tue July 28th, 2009
The Police Association is fully supporting the officers involved in this afternoon’s shooting in Auckland, Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Tasers, new staff welcome, but cost pressures remain

NZPA | Thu May 28th, 2009
Budget funding for Tasers and an additional 600 police, including 300 to Counties-Manukau, is welcome, but cost pressures in Police are building, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Motorway Shooting Charge Decision Appropriate

Thu May 28th, 2009
The decision not to lay criminal charges in relation to the accidental killing of Halatau Naitoko during a confrontation with an armed offender on Auckland’s motorway in January is appropriate, Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Police Association Welcomes Taser Funding

NZPA | Fri May 22nd, 2009
Confirmation today of funding to complete a rollout of Tasers to all Police Districts is welcome news, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Association Welcomes The Passage Of Gang Patch Bill

NZPA | Wed May 6th, 2009
The Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Bill is "no silver bullet", but will at least begin to attach consequences to a decision to join a gang, according to Police Association President Greg O’Connor.

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Association Welcomes IPCA Report On Waitara Shooting

NZPA | Mon March 16th, 2009
Police Association President Greg O’Connor today welcomed the release of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report on its investigation into the April 2000 shooting of Steven Wallace in Waitara.

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Killing Of Bystander A Tragedy

NZPA | Fri January 23rd, 2009
The accidental killing of an innocent bystander during a confrontation with an armed offender is an absolute tragedy, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Police Association Welcomes New Police Minister

NZPA | Sun November 16th, 2008
The Police Association today congratulated Judith Collins on her appointment as Minister of Police in the new Government.

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Police Association Welcomes Commission Of Inquiry Into Organised Crime

NZPA | Tue October 28th, 2008
Police Association President Greg O’Connor today welcomed the announcement by Police Minister Hon Annette King that Labour, if re-elected, will hold a Commission of Inquiry into Organised Crime.

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Cellblock Footage Will Lead To "Trial By Media"

NZPA | Sun September 28th, 2008
"The release of footage from the Whakatane cellblock will simply lead to trial by media of officers who have already been tried by a jury, and acquitted," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Sun September 28th, 2008
Police around New Zealand are today reflecting on those who have lost their lives in protection of society as they mark Police Remembrance Day.

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Australian Anti-Gang Laws Showing The Way

NZPA | Mon September 15th, 2008
“There’s no silver bullet, but laws like those in South Australia turn up the pressure and make gang lifestyles less comfortable and less attractive,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Shooting Death, Wounding Of Police Officers

NZPA | Thu September 11th, 2008
"The news that a police officer has been slain and another officer wounded in a deliberate, cold-blooded shooting is absolutely devastating," said President of the New Zealand Police Association, Greg O'Connor

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Milton Incident Shows Tasers Can't Come Soon Enough

NZPA | Wed September 10th, 2008
A serious incident yesterday in Milton where a man threatened police with a tomahawk and a log-splitting axe highlights the urgent need for Tasers, Police Association Southern Region Director Tracey Maclennan said today.

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Iron-Willed Triathlete Scoops Up NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson Of The Year

NZPA | Thu September 4th, 2008
When Constable Jeff McGrath, a New Plymouth-based youth aid officer first saw the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on TV, he wondered whether a chumpy guy from where he lived, could ever be successful enough to compete with the best on the world stage in this grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile marathon run over extremely challenging terrain.

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Taser Decision Highlights Politicisation Of Police

NZPA | Wed August 27th, 2008
The decision to roll-out Tasers to police was a “no-brainer” following the success of the trial, and considering the increasing violence faced by police officers on a daily basis, and the only question is why the announcement has taken a year, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Frontline Police Betrayed By Government

NZPA | Tue August 26th, 2008
The decision by the Government to backtrack on assurances that they would support the status quo, which allows police officers to serve their communities as local councillors, has left police officers angry and confused, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Arm Police – But Arm Them With Tasers

NZPA | Thu July 24th, 2008
The big gap in Police tactical options is Tasers, not firearms availability, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today in response to a survey showing public support for arming police.

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Death Of Former Police Commissioner Bob Walton

NZPA | Thu July 17th, 2008

"Police officers around the country will today be mourning the passing of former Police Commissioner Bob Walton," said President of the New Zealand Police Association, Greg O'Connor

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