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.
What you can do to stop the shiftwork 'blues'
Whether you work nights, earlies or lates, chances are that at some point while you are at work you will have experienced fatigue. While most people experience tiredness at work at one time or another, it can be a real problem for shiftworkers and shiftwork is an integral part of policing.
A day in the life of the...Police Search and Rescue Team
Kia ora bro, how’s it going, what are you fellas doing here? These are not the usual words uttered to Police Search and Rescue (SAR) teams when rescuing someone lost at sea.
The dangers of social networking sites
Be very careful what you post online - it can come back to bite you in court.
A day in the life of the...New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre
A chance meeting between New Zealand’s then Prime Minister Sidney Holland and a representative of the Surrey Constabulary Police Dog School was the driving force behind the establishment of the Police Dog Training Centre (PDTC) in New Zealand.
A day in the life of the... E-Crime GroupWhen convicted murderer Dr Colin Bouwer from Dunedin hatched a cunning plan to fatally poison his wife several years ago, in the hope of avoiding the social stigma attached with leaving her for a lover, little did he know that sending a succession of Emails would be part of the incriminating evidence the prosecution would draw on to secure a guilty verdict.
Police Association moving to Expose New Zealand's "underbelly"
The theme of this year’s New Zealand Police Association Conference, held in Wellington from 14 to 16 October, was: “Policing New Zealand’s Underbelly.” The theme was chosen to highlight the rapidly growing threat posed by sophisticated, internationally linked organised crime networks in New Zealand.
Purana Taskforce head says time for NZ to "wake up and smell the roses"
Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards has issued New Zealand with a strong word of warning – “Wake up and smell the roses: organised crime is here.”
A day in the life of a...Police Forensic Photographer
Murder, mayhem and mystery may well be the basic plot of any fictional television crime series. But for members of the Forensic Photography Section, these elements are a reality they face every day.
The Youth Gang Culture - Get rich or die trying
Gangsta Rapper 50 Cent was once quoted as saying that he was the type of guy who would swallow his blood before he swallowed his pride. This quote more or less summarises the “gangsta mentality”, which has infected the minds of youth in New Zealand who have integrated themselves into youth gang/street gang culture.
THE ARMING DEBATE: Potential first responders could be at great riskDespite Police Association concerns that financial cuts, a reduction in defensive tactics training, and the introduction of tiered firearms training would put police officers' safety at risk, Police have pushed through these changes.
A day in the life of the...Police National Dive SquadInhabiting the murky depths of unknown places is all in a day's work for member of the Police National Dive Squad.
A day in the life of... Police Communications CentresEver since the external review of the Police Communication Centres in 2005, Police have committed themselves to making their communication systems more effective and efficient.
To be (armed) or not to be (armed)In the last 12 months, two police officers, Len Snee and Don Wilkinson, have died at the hands of armed offenders while another four officers have been shot and wounded. Is arming of Police a debate whose time has come?
Police put the boot into safety footwear issueTop Police officials have done a backflip and reversed the Police decision in May 2007 to provide frontline staff with safety footwear. The Association has been lobbying for safety footwear for frontline staff since 2004, but were recently informed by the Commissioner of Police, Howard Broad, that the Police Executive Committee (PEC) has pulled the plug on the long-standing project.
Obituary: Len Snee, a man of great mana
Senior Constable Leonard (Len) Snee, 53, a community constable at Taradale and veteran police officer in his 33rd year of service was a silent achiever, a man of few words who let his actions do the talking.