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.
More police, better communities
Anyone doubting the value of increasing the number of police officers in New Zealand need look no further than Counties Manukau in South Auckland.
Working in the disaster zone - our people in Kaikoura.
Holding the line
Chris Cahill is back at the New Zealand Police Association’s board table for the third time – but now he’s at the helm as President.
Reporting Firearms Stats
Police has acknowledged to the Police Association that the official process for reporting search and seizure of firearms through NIA is not ideal.
Slain on Duty: Three names to join Memorial Wall
The roll call of New Zealand police slain on duty will have three names added to it this month, bringing the number to 32, as the true nature of the officers’ deaths through criminal acts are finally recognised.
A Long Association: The O'Connor Years
As Police Association President Greg O’Connor prepares to step down from the role after 21 years, he reflects on a job that has defined him, challenged him, given him incredible opportunities and insights and allowed him to put policing at the heart of the organisation.
What's up in Northland?
Northland police teams are under siege – gang and drug activity from outside and staffing problems from within.
Leap of Faith
Sergeant Jonathan Westrupp has no recollection of diving head first through the glass of a second-storey bathroom window during an armed siege in April.
In dog we trust
When police dogs are injured or killed, the whole country responds. The loss is felt deeply, not only by the dog section, but also the Police Dog Trust, which helps fund the breeding and training of our heroic police dogs.
Protect and serve
The design of police station front counters is still causing stress to staff nearly three years after members started officially complaining to Police about it.
Forced to Fire
It’s called ‘suicide by cop’ – and it’s absolutely appalling for everyone. For the officers involved, it is life-changing. Two share their experiences with Police News.
Courageous officers honoured
Constable Ben Turner and Senior Constable Adrian Oldham were presented with Police Association Bravery Awards last month.
Where Eagle dares
Chasing bad guys from the cockpit of a helicopter… Is this the best job in policing? It’s certainly one of the most technologically advanced.
The beat goes on
How older police officers add value and why you’re going to see a lot more of them.
Turning over a new leaf
Last month, Police Association President Greg O’Connor visited Denver, Colorado, where medical marijuana has been legal since 2000 and recreational cannabis was legalised in 2013.
World champ wins top sports award
North Shore constable Rachel Clarke, the 2014 Police Association Sportsperson of the Year, balances her public safety work with making a name for herself on the international surf ski scene.
Health benefit increases have been unveiled for members at no extra cost.
Blood and guts
An unpredictable encounter left a lone officer covered in dog bites and bruises.
Once again, pressure is coming on Police comms staff and some calls are falling off the radar, raising the spectre of service failure.
At the coalface of cancer
Auckland police officer Craig Cartwright writes about his current cancer treatment and Police Association President Greg O’Connor recalls his experience with cancer.
Taking the heat in Brisbane
Despite intense heat, long shifts, heavy SRBAs and intermittent meal times, the Kiwi cops who went to Brisbane to help police the G20 Summit left a good impression.
'Tough little cookie' scores top sports award
Constable Selica Winiata of Palmerston North is the 2013 Police Association Sportsperson of the Year.
Fallen from the sky
We talk to New Zealand police officers who helped identify victims of the MH17 air tragedy.
And then there were two...
Two Police Association Holiday Homes in the South Island resort town of Hanmer Springs were officially opened for bookings last month.
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.
Armed and dangerous
Gangs and other criminals in New Zealand are stockpiling illegal weapons to be used against each other and police.
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.
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.