Ralph Stewart appointed to Police Association boards
Ralph Stewart, a former chief executive of the Accident Compensation Corporation and AXA New Zealand, has been appointed as a new professional director of the Police Welfare Fund and its subsidiaries, Police Association President Greg O’Connor announced today.
Association welcomes new Chief Executive
The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position.
Hamilton incident shows offenders are already armed
The shooting of a Police officer as he grappled with an armed offender in Hamilton today further confirms the fact criminals are already armed.
Greg O’Connor re-elected Chair of ICPRA
New Zealand Police Association President Greg O’Connor has been re-elected Chair of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA) at the council’s biennial meeting in Cape Town.
Policing harder following 2014 Budget
Policing will be harder this year than last, following a cut in this year’s Budget, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Crime drop a fitting tribute to outgoing Commissioner
Further falls in recorded crime for calendar 2013 are a fitting tribute to outgoing Commissioner Peter Marshall, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Serious assaults on police
A story run in the Dominion Post today on the rise in serious assaults on police officers contained two errors.
Incident shows offenders are already armed
An incident yesterday where off duty Superintendent Sandra Manderson had a firearm presented at her by a jewellery thief further confirms the fact criminals are already armed, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Association congratulates new Police Commissioner
The Police Association today congratulated Mike Bush on his appointment as Commissioner of New Zealand Police.
Roadside checks will take more time
More detailed roadside vehicle inspections will inevitably take more time, and result in less police time to deal with other road safety and crime matters, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Body worn cameras must be properly funded
Any trial or introduction of body worn cameras must be accompanied by sufficient funding, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Surf rescue heroes honoured with award
The outstanding bravery of two Hawke’s Bay police officers, who saved the life of a boy from treacherous surf at Napier in March this year, were honoured today, as the Police Association presented New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards to Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey.
Greg O'Connor re-elected as Association President
Delegates at the Police Association’s 78th annual conference have re-elected Greg O’Connor as president for a further three year term.
Association welcomes Court of Appeal ruling in Red Devils case
The Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn a High Court stay of prosecution against 21 Red Devils gang members and associates is the right decision, because it is in the public interest that those accused of serious offences face trial, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Tamaki Drive stabbing highlights risks facing police
The stabbing of a police officer in Auckland today highlights the risks faced by every police officer even while carrying out routine, every day policing tasks, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.
Police Remembrance Day
This week, Police staff and others have been 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.
Olympic hopeful nets Police Association Sportsperson of Year
Olympic hopeful Constable Melissa-Mae Ruru, NZ beach volleyball champ, was awarded NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year.
Incidents show offenders are already armed
Two more incidents in the last two days where fleeing drivers were found to be armed with handguns highlight the fact criminals are already armed, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.
Pora case inquiry warranted
There is sufficient doubt about the soundness of Teina Pora’s conviction for the murder of Susan Burdett to warrant an independent inquiry into the matter...
Auckland shooting officers deserve full support
New Zealanders should join the Police Association in giving their full support to the individual police officers who were forced to take action against an armed criminal who fired on them...
Operation Eight IPCA report
The release of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into Operation Eight confirms that the operation was justified, but that mistakes were made in the termination, Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt said today.
No relief for Police in 2013 Budget
Today’s Budget confirms funding for Police remains frozen, which means Police will face continued pressure to make savings to meet rising costs for the foreseeable future, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.
Fleeing drivers, not police, cause crashes
A fatal crash involving a fleeing driver overnight once again highlights that it is the fleeing driver, and not police, who are responsible for such tragedies, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.
Report confirms fleeing driver to blame
The IPCA report released yesterday into the tragic deaths in Gisborne last year of passengers Peter Bunyan and Holly Gunn, and fleeing driver Dylan Kingi, clearly shows the fleeing driver alone is responsible for such deaths, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.
Warnings from departing police officers must not go unheeded
Comments from departing Taranaki police officer Grant Coward that budget cuts were disheartening police, and could lead to crime increases, echo the sorts of warnings that went unheeded in the late 1990s with disastrous consequences, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Crime drop reflects excellent police work
Big drops in recorded crime reflect the hard work and dedication of police officers and non-constabulary support staff, even at a time when they are under pressure from restructuring, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
PITT training changes a necessary evil
Changes to Police Integrated Tactical Training (PITT) mean more than a third of constabulary police will not be trained to use firearms or Tasers, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
IPCA Taser report shows context is key
An Independent Police Conduct Authority Report, released today, which finds Police Taser use against a man in Christchurch in 2010 was justified, should serve as a reminder that media and the public need to be wary about jumping to conclusions before the full circumstances and context of an incident are understood, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Budget constraints underpin staff cuts, stations closures
Cuts to budgets and non-constabulary support positions underpin station closure or hours/service reduction proposals not only in Auckland and the Hutt Valley, but around New Zealand, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
Mobile technology rollout welcome
The rollout of mobile technology will boost effectiveness of frontline police, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.