Recent Media

Myers Park death 'self inflicted'

3News | Wed September 16th, 2015

Myers Park death 'self inflicted' - The Police Association reacts to the finding by a coroner that the death of David Cerven was self inflicted.

Hells Angels gang gains foothold

Nelson Mail | Mon September 14th, 2015

Hells Angels gang gains footholdPolice Association President Greg O'Connor says gangs like the Hells Angels are setting up in Nelson Bays "en masse".

Police Assn urges restraint on passing judgement

NZ Herald | Wed September 9th, 2015

Police Assn urges restraint on passing judgementPolice Assn President Greg O'Connor has urged people to wait for the full facts of the case before passing judgment on the officer who fired the fatal shot in the Upper Hutt incident.

The Panel: Upper Hutt shooting

Radio NZ | Wed September 9th, 2015

The Panel: Upper Hutt shootingPolice Association president Greg O'Connor talks on The Panel about the police shooting in Upper Hutt and broader issues around police staffing.

Gangs are ‘out of control in NZ’

TVNZ Breakfast | Wed September 9th, 2015

Gangs are ‘out of control in NZ’ - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says the shooting incident in Upper Hutt highlights the issue of easy access to firearms in NZ.

Gun violence on the up

TV3 Paul Henry Show | Wed September 9th, 2015

Gun violence on the up - The Police Association says yesterday’s shooting incident in Upper Hutt is further proof the criminal scene is changing.

Spike in shootings sparks renewed calls for arming police

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri August 21st, 2015

Spike in shootings sparks renewed calls for arming policeThe Police Association is renewing calls for police to be armed after a spate of shooting incidents.

Police shooters are ordinary officers doing their job

TVNZ Breakfast | Tue August 4th, 2015

Police shooters are ordinary officers doing their job - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor says the police officers who shot a man in Myers Park were "very ordinary officers doing their job".

NZ Police to routinely carry Tasers

Dominion Post | Fri July 31st, 2015

New Zealand Police to routinely carry TasersAll frontline police officers will soon carry Tasers, in a move that has been described by the Police Association as a "courageous, sensible, and timely decision".

All frontline police to be armed with Tasers

NZ Herald | Fri July 31st, 2015

All frontline police to be armed with Tasers - Arming frontline officers with Tasers will improve safety for not only police, but also the public, Police Assn President Greg O'Connor said.

Police Assn wary over culture of not prosecuting

NZ Herald | Tue July 28th, 2015

Police Assn wary over culture of not prosecuting - A demand to bring down the number of prosecutions has resulted in a new culture of not prosecuting unless absolutely necessary, the Police Association says.

Should every officer carry a Taser?

The Paul Henry Show | Thu July 16th, 2015

Video and audio - After six attacks on police already this month, the Police Association are calling for every officer to be armed with a taser.

Police assaulted more than 40 times a week

NZ Herald | Thu July 16th, 2015

Police assaulted more than 40 times a week - Police officers have been assaulted at a rate of more than 40 times a week during the past decade -- though incidents were at their lowest last year.

Police officer strangled by motorist

NZ Herald | Wed July 15th, 2015

Police officer strangled by motorist - An experienced police officer was strangled by a motorist he pulled over in an Auckland suburb, prompting calls from the Police Association for all officers to carry Tasers.

Concern high number of police ambivalent about their jobs

NZ Herald | Wed July 1st, 2015

Concern high number of police ambivalent about their jobsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor has said the results of this year’s NZ Police Workplace Survey showed how a stagnant police budget was putting pressure on staff.

Police Assn calls for notification when forensic mental health patients released

NZ Herald | Tue May 26th, 2015

Police Assn calls for notification when forensic mental health patients releasedThe Police Association is calling for frontline cops to be notified when forensic mental health patients are released back into the community.

Police weighing up body-mounted cameras

Newstalk ZB | Tue May 26th, 2015

Police weighing up body-mounted cameras - Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt supports the introduction of body-mounted cameras on police in New Zealand, but says it would be an expensive exercise and there is limited funding available.

Greg O'Connor at the PolFed 2015 Conference

PolFed 2015 | Wed May 20th, 2015

Greg O'Connor at the PolFed 2015 Conference - NZPA President Greg O'Connor speaks to the Police Federation conference about international policing challenges in his capacity as ICPRA chairman (see clip 'Wednesday 20th 4 of 4' - Greg appears at 00:40 to 15:00 and at 50:44 to 55:00).

Police Assn: Out of control parties out of our hands

Newstalk ZB | Wed May 13th, 2015

Police Assn: Out of control parties out of our handsPolice Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt says legislation may need to change to allow police to deal with out-of-control parties.

Police Assn supports drug and alcohol testing bill

NZ Herald | Wed May 6th, 2015

Police Assn supports drug and alcohol testing bill Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt has said the Association supports proposed legislation to allow for drug and alcohol testing on bailees and community offenders as drug and alcohol abuse are major drivers of crime.

Alcohol and drug testing bill submissions heard

Stuff.co.nz | Wed May 6th, 2015

Alcohol and drug testing bill submissions heard - The Police Association has submitted on a bill enabling the Department of Corrections and police to require offenders and people on bail to be tested so they comply with conditions prohibiting the use of drugs and alcohol.

Police not ready to deal with armed situations

Radio NZ | Mon May 4th, 2015

Police not ready to deal with armed situations - Police Association President Greg O'Connor has said officers are ill-equipped to deal with people wielding weapons.

Weekend shooting proves cops need to be armed

3 News | Mon May 4th, 2015

Weekend shooting proves cops need to be armed - Police Association President Greg O'Connor calls for general arming of police after police shot dead a man who threatened officers with a gun on the Coromandel Peninsula at the weekend.

Station closures as funding freeze continues to bite

Stuff.co.nz | Fri April 17th, 2015

Station closures as funding freeze continues to biteThe closure of 30 police stations throughout New Zealand has saved Police $3 million, but the Police Association says funding is nearing a critical point and "re-centralisation" could see public confidence erode to levels not seen since the early 1990s. 

Police contemplating body cameras

3News Paul Henry Show | Wed April 15th, 2015

Police contemplating body cameras (video - Paul Henry Show) and audio (RadioLIVE) - Paul Henry talks with Greg O'Connor, NZ Police Association President, on police in NZ contemplating wearing body cameras with microphones.

Police fed up with out-of-control parties

NZ Herald | Mon April 13th, 2015

Police fed up with out-of-control parties - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says police are sick of being attacked by partygoers at out-of-control parties like the one in Christchurch over the weekend.

Officer speaks out against treatment

Radio NZ | Thu April 9th, 2015

Officer speaks out against treatment A police officer criticised in an independent report on the handling of the Roast Busters case has criticised the police management's response to the inquiry. Association President Greg O'Connor responds on Morning Report.

Another ‘disgusting’ attack on police officer

Dominion Post | Thu April 9th, 2015

Another ‘disgusting’ attack on police officer Police officers are frequently being punched in the face, bitten, headbutted, kneed in the groin and gouged in the eyes in the line of duty, Police Association president Greg O'Connor says.

Gutless attack on officer condemned

Newstalk ZB | Wed April 8th, 2015

Gutless attack on officer condemned - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor has voiced his frustration after a police officer was targeted in a bloodied attack in West Auckland. He also spoke on Mike Hosking Breakfast about officer safety.

Police shortcomings a resourcing not performance issue

TVNZ Breakfast | Thu March 19th, 2015

Police shortcomings a resourcing not performance issue - Police Association President Greg O'Conner says the criticisms levelled at West Auckland Police in the IPCA report into the Roastbusters case don't acknowledge a chronic understaffing of the district at the time.