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Police Association Welcomes Verdict In Whakatane Case

NZPA | Wed June 25th, 2008
"The jury’s verdict today reflects that these officers were performing a difficult and often dangerous job," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Empower Police To Target Gangs

NZPA | Mon June 23rd, 2008
“The best response to the latest wave of gang violence is to empower police to attack gangs at every level,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Steve Fitzgerald - One Of The Genuine Good Guys

NZPA | Fri June 20th, 2008
"Police in virtually every area of operation, especially in the Road Policing and Communications areas, are in shock over the death of one of the Police Administration’s good guys," said President of the New Zealand Police Association, Greg O'Connor.

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Move To Deter Police Officers From Being On Local Authorities Is Appalling

NZPA | Thu June 12th, 2008
"Police officers are appalled by the move to effectively ban them becoming elected representatives on their local authority," said President of the New Zealand Police Association, Greg O'Connor.

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Acquittals Do Occur But Let’s Not Forget The Successes

NZPA | Thu May 29th, 2008
"The public should have every confidence in the work the police do on their behalf. The three recent cases were very difficult cases from the very beginning, requiring a great deal of investigation and gathering of evidence with reliance on evidence from many medical and forensic experts," Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Police Also Disappointed Over Kahui Acquittal

NZPA | Mon May 26th, 2008
"Police Officers want to see justice for the cruel death of the defenceless twin Kahui babies too," Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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New Staff Must Go To Frontline

NZPA | Thu May 22nd, 2008
Confirmation in the Budget of funding for the third tranche of the 1000 new sworn and 250 non-sworn police promised in 2005 is welcome, but the funds must be used to boost frontline numbers, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Police Engagement Survey Shows ‘Good Will’ At Risk

NZPA | Thu April 24th, 2008
The Police staff engagement survey shows staff good will is at risk, and this threatens Police’s ability to function as an effective organisation, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Coroner’s Report Highlights Lack Of Detox Facilities

NZPA | Mon April 14th, 2008
The Coroner’s report into the deaths of two men taken into Police custody highlights the failure of the health system to provide detoxification centres under the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Organised Crime Agency Must Be Integrated

NZPA | Tue April 1st, 2008
The new Organised and Financial Crime Agency must avoid mistakes made overseas, and ensure it is well integrated with every day policing, Police Association President Greg O’Connor cautioned today.

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Crime Stats Show Greater Police Presence Needed

NZPA | Mon March 31st, 2008
The official crime statistics release for the 2007 calendar year shows violence continues to rise, and an increased police frontline response is needed, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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IPCA Report Lacks Context

NZPA | Sun February 24th, 2008
The report of the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the shooting of Graeme Burton lacks sufficient context for its criticism of Police", Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Anti-Taser Campaigners Grasping At Straws

NZPA | Wed February 6th, 2008
"It is cynical and opportunistic for anti-Taser lobbyists to spin the tragic death by heart attack of Henry Bailey while being arrested to push their political agenda," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association Comment On Mangere Death

NZPA | Mon February 4th, 2008
"The death of a man while being arrested in Mangere today is a tragedy, and we extend our sympathies to his family," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today

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Taser Saved Lives, Proved Value In Lower Hutt

Wed December 12th, 2007
Tasers undoubtedly saved lives and proved their value when officers were able to immediately and safely subdue an armed and enraged man who had stabbed his three young children multiple times, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today

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Taser Opponents Lack New Zealand Perspective

NZPA | Tue December 11th, 2007
Opponents to New Zealand Police being issued with Taser devices are ignoring the realities of modern policing in New Zealand, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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South Australia Laws Turn Up Heat On Gangs

NZPA | Tue November 20th, 2007
New laws announced in South Australia to outlaw criminal motorcycle gangs are not a quick fix, but they show a real determination to tackle organised crime, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Taser Best Option For NZ Police

NZPA | Thu November 15th, 2007
Tasers are clearly the best less-than-lethal force option for New Zealand Police, and video footage of a man dying after being tasered and arrested by Canadian police has no bearing on that assessment, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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New Zealand Let Down By ‘Incoherent’ Law

NZPA | Wed November 7th, 2007
“New Zealanders have been let down by ‘incoherent’ law, and Police action to protect the public against what the Solicitor-General described as ‘very disturbing activities’ has been jeopardised as a result,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Association Welcomes Survey Result On “Terror” Arrests

NZPA | Thu November 1st, 2007
The Police Association has welcomed publication of a UMR Research survey which shows just 13% of New Zealanders think police over-reacted and acted inappropriately in making arrests on alleged firearms and related offences, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association President Re-Elected

NZPA | Tue October 30th, 2007
The Police Association’s 72nd Annual Conference today re-elected incumbent Greg O’Connor as President for a further 3-year term.

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Raids “Reality Check” For Complacent Kiwis

NZPA | Mon October 15th, 2007
“The major police operation behind yesterday’s raids is reality check for those New Zealanders who dismiss the threat of home-grown terrorism as laughable,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Jury System Reforms Can’t Come Soon Enough

NZPA | Sun October 14th, 2007
“Concern that jury selection is in some cases having more bearing on the outcome than the evidence shows that jury system reforms can’t come soon enough,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Saunders Vindicated By Independent Review

NZPA | Wed October 10th, 2007
“The independent review of reports on recruiting standards provides welcome vindication for Senior Sergeant Saunders,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Truth Decision "Irresponsible, Disappointing" – O’Connor

NZPA | Wed October 3rd, 2007
"The decision of fringe publication ‘The Truth’ to publish the name and photograph of an officer it claims was involved in last week’s shooting in Christchurch is irresponsible and deeply disappointing", Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association Supports Officer Involved In Police Shooting

NZPA | Thu September 27th, 2007
The Police Association is fully supporting the officer involved in last night’s shooting in Christchurch," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Welcomes Organised Crime Agency Decision

NZPA | Tue September 11th, 2007
"Cabinet’s decision to establish an Organised Crime Agency, will force strategic focus where there has been a leadership vacuum in the past," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Don’t Withdraw Trial Tasers

NZPA | Thu August 23rd, 2007
“Trial Taser units should remain available for frontline use where they are currently issued,” Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Pursuit Review Must Not Shift Blame Off Offenders

NZPA | Tue August 21st, 2007
"It is drivers who refuse to stop for police, not police officers, who are to blame for members of the public becoming innocent victims of those offenders’ selfish and irresponsible actions," Police Association Vice President Stuart Mills said today

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Claim Taser Use Reveals Racism Is "Nonsense"

NZPA | Fri August 17th, 2007
"Hone Harawira's claims that Police Taser use reveals racism are simple nonsense," Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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