The Police Association investigates and researches a range of topical issues that affect our members and policing in general. Publishing our findings by way of articles, featured in Police News and on our website, is one of the ways we keep members and the public informed and up-to-date on policing matters.
Armed and dangerous
Gangs and other criminals in New Zealand are stockpiling illegal weapons to be used against each other and police.
Framing reality - Spotlight on police forensic photographers
Two forensic photographers – a newcomer and an old hand – tell Kelly Quill about police work behind the lens.
Spotlight on... police dog handlers
Sergeant Alan Campbell talks to Kelly Quill about the specialised, and exciting, world of the police dog handler.
Spotlight on... Police trousers – one leg at a time
There are few subjects closer to a police officer’s heart – well, quite nearby – than pants.
A bump in your career
It takes a high level of perseverance to continue a constabulary career with Police once a woman has started a family.
Need for speed
In the second of our two-part series on the methamphetamine trade in New Zealand, we report on the role of the outlaw motorcycle gangs.
India on a glorified lawnmower
Not everyone would agree that travelling around India on a “glorified lawnmower” is a good way to spend nearly three weeks, but that’s what two “reasonably practical Kiwi girls” are going to do.
Union backlash includes police
Police and other public employee groups are under attack worldwide as a backlash against organised labour grows, the Police Association has been told.
Kiwis hold their own at Melbourne games
More than 3000 emergency services workers descended on Melbourne in April to take part in the 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games.
Tickelpenny takes on VP role
The Police Association has a new vice-president.
The Government agencies charged with fixing New Zealand’s methamphetamine problem, including Police, are chipping away at the tip of a very solid iceberg.
Death in the Cells
When a person dies in police custody, the trauma runs deep on all sides.
Talk about a bad day on the beat
The day that Community Constable Toddy Martin got stabbed in the face is one he’s had to talk about quite a lot since.
Spotlight on… the Asset Recovery Unit
A blow to the hip pocket of drug dealers and fraudsters is proving to be one of the most potent crime-fighting tools.
Raleigh cry spreads the safety message
Three Auckland community constables were met with cheers and big smiles when they pedalled into Wellington’s Civic Square just before Christmas last year.
It’s been quiet out there – thanks to you
With what some are saying was the quietest New Year for policing they can remember and an encouragingly low road toll, the official holiday season produced some excellent results for Police.
Windows on Wanaka
Glass security panels have been installed at the new Wanaka Police Station after lobbying from staff who were concerned about front counter safety.
Lining up for the top job
The big question in policing circles right now is who will be the next Commissioner?
Kiwis celebrate sponsorship decision
Western Australian Police has gone into bat for its Kiwi officers over their right to citizenship.
Spotlight on... Bryan and Bobby
Constable Bryan Ward and his faithful sidekick, Bobby the police dog, might be the most popular police team in the country.
‘Meth kids’ bill needs more teeth
A new bill aimed at protecting children exposed to criminal activity doesn’t go far enough, says the Police Association.
A new Police policy of 'openness' and 'shared spaces' with the public is making some police station watch house staff uneasy.
JJ hangs up the black bag
A veteran of policing, retiring field officer JJ Taylor looks back on four decades of steadfast support for the Police Association.
Serious assaults on police increasing
The number of serious assaults on police has climbed, with almost one in every three assaults now serious enough to warrant a charge under the Crimes Act.
Plainclothes allowance escapes tax levy
The plainclothes allowance available to some police officers has escaped a tax levy, thanks to wide lobbying by the Police Association on behalf of members.
Potential and potholes for policing - Annual Conference coverage
Police Association President Greg O’Connor, who gave the opening speech at this year's Annual Conference, says it’s an exciting time to be involved in policing.
Lobbying by the Police Association has led to a swift Police rethink on its revamped tactical training programme for frontline officers.
Comms take on extra staff
Police communication centres are set to hire up to 36 more staff over the summer months to cope with forecasted demand.
Selfless actions saved boy's life
Police Association Bravery Awards recognise efforts of two heroic police officers.
Tragedy over Auckland
Official reports from the 1993 mid-air collision over Auckland City that killed four men, including two police officers, give little away about the horror of that day.