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Police concerned about increasingly armed crims

Newstalk ZB | Wed February 3rd, 2016

Police concerned about increasingly armed crimsThe Police Assocation is calling for a Government inquiry into why criminals are so heavily armed in New Zealand.

'The word is out that if you drive dangerously enough, the police will pull out' - Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Mon February 1st, 2016

'The word is out that if you drive dangerously enough, the police will pull out' - Police AssnThe Police Association has responded to the death of two young people following a Masterton crash by saying officers are aware of the mindset of fleeing drivers.

Police face scrutiny after pursuit deaths

Paul Henry Show | Mon February 1st, 2016

Police face scrutiny after pursuit deathsPolice Association president Greg O'Connor says it appears many young people treat pursuits like "sport", challenging police because they know they will most likely give up their chase.

Police Association: books damaging public's faith

NZ Herald | Fri January 29th, 2016

Police Association: books damaging public's faithIn reaction to Ian Wishart's new book and retraction of his earlier belief that Scott Watson is innocent, the Police Association says the "continual issuing of books and other publications casting aspersions on verdicts by honing in on one aspect of a case and ignoring other evidence is damaging to the public's faith in the justice system".

Survey: Frontline cops under-resourced

3News | Fri January 22nd, 2016

Survey: Frontline cops under-resourcedA two-yearly survey of about 5000 Police Association members found 86 percent of members think frontline general duties officers are under-resourced when responding to emergency calls.

Centralisation cause of police understaffing

Newstalk ZB | Wed January 20th, 2016

Centralisation cause of police understaffing - Police Assn president Greg O'Connor joins Rachel Smalley on KPMG Early Edition to discuss police understaffing in the regions, saying centralisation of resources is a major cause.

Officer who fatally shot man 'dehumanised' him to cope

Sunday Star Times | Sun January 17th, 2016

Officer who fatally shot man 'dehumanised' him to copePolice officers have spoken of their anguish after shooting offenders in cases involving "suicide by cop".

Gun shy: Outgoing Police Assn president Greg O'Connor has 'no plan' for politics

Stuff.co.nz | Sat January 16th, 2016

Gun shy: Outgoing Police Assn president Greg O'Connor has 'no plan' for politics - After 21 years at the helm one of the country's largest remaining unions, the outgoing Police Association president would rather be remembered for the desk job stuff.

Significant spike in illegally owned firearms

ONE News | Wed December 30th, 2015

Significant spike in illegally owned firearms - Police are now finding and seizing more illegally owned firearms than ever before.

Is police conduct politically charged?

Radio NZ | Mon December 21st, 2015

Is police conduct politically charged?Police Association President Greg O'Connor says politics don't impact police actions.

Police still seeking stabbing offender

Northern Advocate | Wed December 9th, 2015

Police still seeking stabbing offenderThe stabbing of a Kaitaia policeman in the head is a graphic reminder of how routine jobs can escalate due to the "violent, unpredictable" people officers deal with, the Police Association boss says.

Police withholding information to avoid embarrassing govt

NZ Herald | Thu November 26th, 2015

Police withholding information to avoid embarrassing govtPolice and other government departments are reluctant to hand over public information because of potential embarrassment to politicians, says Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

Private gun sales 'thriving' in Dunedin

Otago Daily Times | Mon November 9th, 2015

Private gun sales 'thriving' in DunedinGun shop owners in Dunedin say the private sale of firearms in Dunedin is ''thriving'' and tougher restrictions need to be introduced to try to combat the problem.

Fired up over firearms

Radio NZ - Insight | Sun November 1st, 2015

Fired up over firearmsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor says it is too easy for criminals to get guns and he wants to know why.

Police dealing with AK47s, Uzis and pump-action guns

Dominion Post | Thu October 29th, 2015

Police dealing with AK47s, Uzis and pump-action gunsThe Police Association is calling for a political inquiry into how criminals are getting their hands on bigger, more powerful guns.

Rise in armed incidents 'remarkable'

Hawke's Bay Today | Wed October 28th, 2015

Rise in armed incidents 'remarkable'Police throughout New Zealand have faced armed offenders more than 60 times since the start of last month, according to reports being collated by the Police Association. 

Editorial: New Zealand's gun laws still too lax

Dominion Post | Tue October 27th, 2015

Editorial: New Zealand's gun laws still too laxHow easy is it to get hold of a gun in New Zealand? Far too easy: last week TV journalist Heather du Plessis-Allan obtained a .22 rifle after filling out a form with made-up names and numbers, and faxing it to prominent gun shop Gun City.

Police Association president steps down

TVNZ Q+A | Sun October 25th, 2015

Police Association president steps downMichael Parkin interviews Police Association president Greg O’Conner on Q+A as he prepares to step down after 20 years in the job.

Moves by police to close gun buying loophole a sensible step

NZ Herald | Fri October 23rd, 2015

Moves by police to close gun buying loophole a sensible stepMoves by police to close a potential loophole in the gun buying rules was a "sensible step", Prime Minister John Key says.

Police Association calls for firearms inquiry

3News | Wed October 21st, 2015

Police Association calls for firearms inquiry The Police Association warns it will take a mass shooting for an inquiry to be launched into the availability of firearms.

Police Minister announces law change to combat fleeing drivers

Stuff.co.nz | Wed October 21st, 2015

Police Minister announces law change to combat fleeing driversDrivers who evade police will face having their cars impounded for a month, or even sold, under proposed new laws announced by Police Minister Michael Woodhouse as he opened the Police Association's annual conference in Wellington.

Tougher penalties for drivers fleeing police announced

NZ Herald | Wed October 21st, 2015

Tougher penalties for drivers fleeing police announced - Police Minister Michael Woodhouse made the announcement while opening the Police Association's annual conference in Wellington.

Policeman who rescued woman from house fire honoured with bravery award

NZ Herald | Wed October 21st, 2015

Policeman who rescued woman from house fire honoured with bravery awardAdrian Oldham, a senior constable from Tauranga, along with Constable Ben Turner from Hamilton, was presented with a NZ Police Association Bravery Award.

Fleeing driver shoots at police in Waikato; Assn calls for inquiry

Waikato Times | Sat October 10th, 2015

Fleeing driver shoots at police in Waikato; Assn calls for inquiry  - Incidents where police are confronted by armed offenders have prompted the Police Association to call for a ministerial inquiry into the proliferation of illegal firearms.

55,000 guns imported each year

NZ Herald | Sat October 10th, 2015

55,000 guns imported each year - More than 500,000 firearms have been legally imported into New Zealand over the past decade and the Police Association is calling for an inquiry into what happens to them.

Crime is down, but are we any safer?

TVNZ Breakfast | Thu October 8th, 2015

Crime is down, but are we any safer? - Police Association President Greg O'Connor speaks to Breakfast about the latest stats that show a decrease in personal and household crimes.

Editorial: Strong case to revisit our firearms law

NZ Herald | Tue October 6th, 2015

Editorial: Strong case to revisit our firearms law - The Police Association wants an official police inquiry into where the guns are coming from, and says the issue has been neglected by the top brass. The Association's concerns are strong enough to warrant the issue being revisited. 

Obtaining guns 'ridiculously easy' for criminals in NZ

NZ Herald | Mon October 5th, 2015

Obtaining guns 'ridiculously easy' for criminals in NZ - Firearms have become "ridiculously easy" for offenders to get their hands on and police are being confronted almost daily by gun-wielding criminals, the Police Association says.

Launch an inquiry into growing gun use

The Dominion Post | Thu September 17th, 2015

Launch an inquiry into growing gun use - The Police Association is calling for an inquiry into the growing use of illegal firearms in New Zealand.

Back Benches Panel: A call for arms

Prime TV - Back Benches | Thu September 17th, 2015

Back Benches Panel: A call for arms - Police Association President Greg O'Connor spoke on Back Benches on the topic of general arming and access to illegal firearms in New Zealand.