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Police Association Absolutely Rejects Idea That Behaviour In Solomona Case Widespread In NZ Police

NZPA | Wed March 2nd, 2005
“The Police Association absolutely rejects the idea that the sort of behaviour evident in the Solomona case was widespread in NZ Police,” said Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

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Crime Reduction Means Police Can Make A Difference

NZPA | Tue March 1st, 2005
“The areas of crime investigation that police have focused on have brought about the greatest reduction in crime,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said.

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Police 111 Call Findings Shows Clear Need For More Frontline Police And Resources

NZPA | Mon February 28th, 2005
“These results show that in most cases Comms Centre Staff have managed to carry out their job and follow Police protocol in their current pressure-cooker environment, however it is unsettling to see one of the factors in the complaint findings was lack of available Police to attend the calls. There is a clear need for more frontline police and a focus on adequate resources for that area,” Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Congratulates The Nurses But Cautions Over Drawing Comparisons

NZPA | Tue February 22nd, 2005
“The Police Association congratulates the nurses that are finally beginning to be valued for the job they do,” Police Association Advocate, Greg Fleming said today.

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Slower Response Times For Priority One Calls Shows Clear Need For More Frontline Police And Focus On Adequate Resources

NZPA | Thu January 13th, 2005
“The slower response times for Priority One calls shows a clear need for more frontline police and a focus on adequate resources for that area,” Association Vice-President, Richard Middleton said today.

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Police Association Disappointed With Prime Minister’s Comments On Lack Of Police Comms Centre Submission

NZPA | Tue December 14th, 2004
“An extension on our submission on the review of Police Comms Centres was applied for and granted by the Secretariat of the Review Committee earlier last week, well before the official deadline,” Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Supports Officers Involved In Prime Minister’s Speeding Motorcade

NZPA | Thu November 11th, 2004
"The officers involved in the Prime Minister’s motorcade are good cops that were simply doing what they thought was required of them," Association Vice-President, Geoff Smith said today.

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Review Of Police Communication Centres Welcomed But Some Caution Needed

NZPA | Wed October 27th, 2004
"The Police Association fully supports the review into Police Communication Centres announced today and wish to actively participate in it," Police Association President Mr Greg O'Connor said.

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Turn The Perception Of NZ As A Safe, Secure Destination Into A Reality

NZPA | Thu August 26th, 2004
“Again the crime stats show New Zealanders what we can achieve by continuing to bring Police staffing levels up to strength,” Police Association President, Greg O’Connor, said today.

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Association Gives Guarded Endorsement For Methamphetamine Budget Announcement

NZPA | Mon May 17th, 2004
"Provided this is new funding and not money taken from elsewhere in the Police budget, the $39m addition to the fight against methamphetamine and gangs will be welcomed," Police Association President, Greg O'Connor, said today.

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Dispensing With Privacy Provision Of Police Complaints Authority Unnecessary Says Police Association

NZPA | Wed March 31st, 2004
“The purpose of the privacy provisions of the PCA legislation is to protect the privacy of members of the public and internal police whistle blowers who make complaints against police officers. This protection ensures the full facts are obtained following such a complaint," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Media Release From The Board Of The Police Association

NZPA | Wed March 10th, 2004
Last night the “Holmes” television show aired allegations by former undercover officers about the Police undercover program during the 1980s.

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Relief At Court Of Appeal Decision Over Bain – Police Association

NZPA | Sun December 14th, 2003
“The Court of Appeal decision to dismiss the latest appeal by David Bain against his convictions for murdering his family have brought a sense of relief to everyone involved,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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No To Firearms But Yes To Better Protection

NZPA | Thu October 9th, 2003
Following the release of the UMR Survey which showed the majority of police do not want to be armed, the Police Association Conference today demanded better protection for frontline police, particularly the availability of covert stab-proof vests.

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Government Condemned For Lack Of Meaningful Asset Seizure Legislation

NZPA | Wed October 8th, 2003
The Police Association conference today condemned government for a lack of progress on introducing meaningful asset seizure legislation which puts the onus on criminals to prove they acquired their assets legitimately.

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Police Association Says Creating New Police Forces Is Not The Answer

NZPA | Mon September 29th, 2003
“Creating new Police Forces is not the answer to cutting crime,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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‘P’ Discussion Reinforces Need For Public Inquiry

NZPA | Fri September 26th, 2003
“The discussion which has followed the release of the United Nations figures on methamphetamine, reinforces the need for a public inquiry into the impact of the drug in New Zealand,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Says Public Inquiry Into Methamphetamine Essential

NZPA | Thu September 25th, 2003
“The time has come for the Government to convene a Commission of Inquiry into methamphetamine use and the threat it poses to New Zealanders,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Current Police Numbers Will Only Allow Police To Keep The Increases In Crime Down

NZPA | Thu August 14th, 2003
"All that Police can do under current resourcing is to slow down the rate of increase. Clearly Police are working harder, as evidenced by the improved resolution rates, but crime will reduce in real terms only when Police numbers increase in real terms," Police Association spokesman Mark Leys said today.

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Prostitution Bill Means Police Out, Criminals In

NZPA | Tue June 24th, 2003
"The real impact of the proposed Prostitution Amendment Bill to be voted on by Members of Parliament on Wednesday means that the Police will be removed from involvement in overseeing or administering the industry and the criminals will move in straight behind," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Crime Must Be At An Acceptable Level For Government

NZPA | Thu May 15th, 2003
"The 1.7% increase in the Police budget this year, can only indicate that crime is at an acceptable level for the Government," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Keep Cops In Auckland Campaign

NZPA | Sun March 23rd, 2003
The Police Association resolved today to launch a public campaign to retain Auckland’s experienced police after a meeting of 500 police officers.

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Constable A – NOT GUILTY!

NZPA | Tue December 3rd, 2002
"Police Officers are elated at the 'Not Guilty' verdict handed down by the jury at the private prosecution of Constable A for murder in Wellington recently,” said Greg O’Connor, President of the Police Association today.

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No Relief For Public In Auckland Police Staffing Report

NZPA | Thu November 21st, 2002
"An Auckland public looking for improved policing service will not have their expectations met by the Commissioner’s report on Auckland policing," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Shirley Owes Greymouth Police An Apology

NZPA | Mon October 14th, 2002
"ACT MP Ken Shirley must apologise to Greymouth Police and the West Coast community for the manner in which he brought allegations of corruption against Greymouth Police," NZ Police Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Trust Set Up For Slain Officer's Family

NZPA | Mon July 8th, 2002
"On behalf of all our members, our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes to Melanie and Campbell Taylor for the tragic loss of their husband and father, Duncan Taylor. Our support also goes to Jeanette Park and all members affected by this tragedy," Police Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Asks: What Does This Mean For Other Officers Who Must Use Lethal Force?

NZPA | Fri June 14th, 2002
"We are bitterly disappointed on behalf of Constable A and his family, at the decision today to proceed to a jury trial, but it is simply another step in what has been a very long process in getting justice for Constable A," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime Stats About Meth & Organised Crime

NZPA | Fri March 22nd, 2002
"The crime statistics are all about methamphetamine and the associated organised crime," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Wallace Family’s Expectations Inflamed

NZPA | Thu March 14th, 2002
"It is sad to see John Rowan continue to inflame the Wallace family’s expectations of a legal remedy for their grief when a four and a half week hearing clearly showed that Constable A’s actions were fully justified," Greg O’Connor, NZ Police Association President said today.

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Dismissal Of Private Prosecution Good For New Zealand

NZPA | Tue February 19th, 2002
“The decision by the JP’s in New Plymouth to dismiss the private prosecution for murder against Constable A was a victory not only for Constable A and his family, not only for the Police but also middle New Zealand,” said Greg O’Connor, President of the NZ Police Association, today.

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