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UN report confirms ‘P’ problem is now an organised crime problem

NZPA | Thu September 15th, 2011

The United Nations 2011 Global ATS (amphetamine-type stimulant) Assessment report confirms that New Zealand’s ‘P’ problem is now an organised crime problem, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year

NZPA | Thu September 15th, 2011

Talented athlete and first female Commonwealth Games wrestling representative Sian Law from Wellington, is the 2010 recipient of the NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year award.

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Police Association welcomes new Vice-President

NZPA | Wed April 6th, 2011

A special conference of the Police Association in Wellington today elected Mr Luke Shadbolt as its new Vice-President.

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More police, less crime

NZPA | Fri April 1st, 2011

Big drops in recorded crime in 2010 are a direct result of investment in police resources in recent years, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association applauds Nelson gang bust

NZPA | Fri March 11th, 2011

The Police Association today congratulated Police on “knocking over” the Nelson-based Red Devils organised crime group.

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Report confirms fleeing drivers to blame

NZPA | Mon February 7th, 2011

The IPCA report released today into the tragic deaths of Norman Fitt and Deidre Jordan, killed by fleeing driver Phillip Bannan, highlights that it is the fleeing driver alone who is responsible for such deaths, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Association congratulates new Police Commissioner

NZPA | Tue November 30th, 2010

The Police Association today congratulated Peter Marshall on his appointment as Commissioner of New Zealand Police.

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Police Association backs Operation Pike commander

NZPA | Wed November 24th, 2010

The Police Association has full confidence in Superintendent Gary Knowles and the other Police staff involved in Operation Pike, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Survey shows Police support lower Drink-Drive Limit

NZPA | Tue October 26th, 2010

A survey of Police Association members shows eighty per cent (80%) now support calls to lower the drink drive limit.

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Police Association calls for General Arming of Police

NZPA | Fri October 15th, 2010

The 75th Annual Conference of the Police Association has endorsed a motion to support general arming of all sworn New Zealand police officers.

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New award honours burning van bravery

NZPA | Thu October 14th, 2010

The outstanding bravery of Police Inspector Mike O’Leary in rescuing two children from a burning van last year was honoured today, as the Police Association awarded him the first ever New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Tue September 28th, 2010

Tomorrow, Police staff and others will be 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.  Police Remembrance Day falls on the 29th September, the feast day of the Archangel Michael, patron saint of police.

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Police Association applauds restoration of right to stand for council

NZPA | Wed June 23rd, 2010

The Police Association today applauded the passage of a Bill to restore the democratic right of police officers to stand for election to their local council.

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Policing Amendment Bill will restore right to stand for council

NZPA | Wed June 2nd, 2010

The Police Association today welcomed the introduction of a Bill to restore the democratic right of police officers to stand for election to their local council.

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Police Association welcomes IPCA report on child abuse

NZPA | Tue May 18th, 2010

The Police Association today welcomed the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into backlogs in investigation of child abuse files.

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Ngaruawahia assault demands tactical options rethink

NZPA | Thu April 22nd, 2010

The assault which left a police officer unconscious in Ngaruawahia overnight highlights the folly of Police moves to rely increasingly on specialists to deal with dangerous incidents, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association welcomes Government action on 'P'

NZPA | Thu October 8th, 2009

The Prime Minister’s package of announcements shows a welcome recognition, at the highest level of Government, of the extent of the ‘P’ problem.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Tue September 29th, 2009
Police around New Zealand are today reflecting on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect, as they mark Police Remembrance Day.

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McDonald Sentencing ‘One Step Closer To Closure’

NZPA | Tue September 22nd, 2009
Today’s sentencing of Stephen McDonald for the armed, P-fuelled rampage that led to the accidental killing of Halatau Naitoko on Auckland’s motorway brings those involved one step closer to closure.

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Association Hopes Liquor Debate Leads To Reform

NZPA | Thu July 30th, 2009

The Police Association hopes the Law Commission’s issues paper on liquor law reform prompts serious debate leading to changes in liquor laws and public attitudes towards liquor consumption, Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Association Supports Officers Involved in Police Shooting

Tue July 28th, 2009
The Police Association is fully supporting the officers involved in this afternoon’s shooting in Auckland, Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Motorway Shooting Charge Decision Appropriate

Thu May 28th, 2009
The decision not to lay criminal charges in relation to the accidental killing of Halatau Naitoko during a confrontation with an armed offender on Auckland’s motorway in January is appropriate, Police Association Vice-President Chris Cahill said today.

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Tasers, new staff welcome, but cost pressures remain

NZPA | Thu May 28th, 2009
Budget funding for Tasers and an additional 600 police, including 300 to Counties-Manukau, is welcome, but cost pressures in Police are building, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Police Association Welcomes Taser Funding

NZPA | Fri May 22nd, 2009
Confirmation today of funding to complete a rollout of Tasers to all Police Districts is welcome news, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Association Welcomes The Passage Of Gang Patch Bill

NZPA | Wed May 6th, 2009
The Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Bill is "no silver bullet", but will at least begin to attach consequences to a decision to join a gang, according to Police Association President Greg O’Connor.

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Association Welcomes IPCA Report On Waitara Shooting

NZPA | Tue March 17th, 2009
Police Association President Greg O’Connor today welcomed the release of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report on its investigation into the April 2000 shooting of Steven Wallace in Waitara.

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Killing Of Bystander A Tragedy

NZPA | Sat January 24th, 2009
The accidental killing of an innocent bystander during a confrontation with an armed offender is an absolute tragedy, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Police Association Welcomes New Police Minister

NZPA | Mon November 17th, 2008
The Police Association today congratulated Judith Collins on her appointment as Minister of Police in the new Government.

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Police Association Welcomes Commission Of Inquiry Into Organised Crime

NZPA | Wed October 29th, 2008
Police Association President Greg O’Connor today welcomed the announcement by Police Minister Hon Annette King that Labour, if re-elected, will hold a Commission of Inquiry into Organised Crime.

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Cellblock Footage Will Lead To "Trial By Media"

NZPA | Mon September 29th, 2008
"The release of footage from the Whakatane cellblock will simply lead to trial by media of officers who have already been tried by a jury, and acquitted," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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