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Police Association President Re-Elected

NZPA | Wed October 31st, 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 | Tue October 16th, 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 | Mon October 15th, 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 | Thu October 11th, 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 | Thu October 4th, 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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More Questions For Recruiting Standards Review

NZPA | Mon July 30th, 2007
“Latest media reports about data apparently being omitted from one of two conflicting reports on recruiting standards, reinforce the need to get to the bottom of the facts,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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NZ's Growing Gang Problem Puts Reputation At Risk - Urgent Decisive National Action Needed

NZPA | Wed July 11th, 2007
"Time magazine's feature on New Zealand's growing gang problem shows that our country's reputation as a safe place to live and work is at risk, and urgent and decisive national action is required," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Recruit Convictions Cause For Concern

NZPA | Wed July 11th, 2007
“Most police officers will be surprised and disappointed that recruits have been accepted for training recently despite having previous convictions that seem entirely incompatible with a career in police,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Taser Critics Should Note Violence Against Police

NZPA | Mon June 25th, 2007
"Those critics whipping up hysteria against the issue of tasers to police, must take note of the increasing violence being directed against Police," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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New Police Association Vice-President

NZPA | Fri June 22nd, 2007
Mr Chris Cahill has been elected to one of the two Vice-President positions of the NZ Police Association today.

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Police Association Welcomes Decision To Retry David Bain And Advocates A Televised Trial

NZPA | Thu June 21st, 2007
"The NZ Police Association welcomes the Solicitor General's decision to retry David Bain and advocates a televised trial," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Unnecessarily Cautious And Conservative Approach In Police S59 Guidelines

NZPA | Wed June 20th, 2007
"The NZ Police Association believe that Police have taken an unnecessarily cautious and conservative approach in their guidelines for the Crimes (substituted Section 59) Amendment Act which means Police will have less discretion, especially where someone uses force in anyway for correction or punishment, " Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Criticism Of Police Taser Trial Shows Complete Lack Of Understanding

NZPA | Thu May 24th, 2007
"To criticise the Police taser trial, shows a complete lack of understanding that NZ Police are actually an unarmed Police," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today

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Police Bemused And Annoyed By Criticisms In Muliaga Case

NZPA | Sat May 12th, 2007
"The NZ Police Association, speaking on behalf of Police Officers investigating the circumstances around the death of Mrs Muliaga are bemused and annoyed by the criticisms levelled at them by the Muliaga family's lawyer and the spokesperson for the family," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Police Incensed By Supreme Court Decision

NZPA | Fri May 4th, 2007
"Police Officers around NZ are incensed at the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the appeal of a man convicted of disorderly behaviour for harassing a Police Officer," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Frontline Police Welcome The Clarity On Discretion Around Smacking

NZPA | Wed May 2nd, 2007
"Police Officers feared that the repeal of Section 59 would leave them with no ability to use discretion when a smacking complaint was received," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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The Public Will Be Reassured By Reading The Commission Of Inquiry Report

NZPA | Tue April 3rd, 2007
The publication of the Commission Of Inquiry Report is extremely timely and should reassure New Zealanders that, while some individuals have indulged in inappropriate and illegal behaviour in the past, the NZ Police of today is focused on ensuring exemplary standards of behaviour are maintained,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Supports Mokau Police Officer Charged With Drink Driving

NZPA | Wed August 2nd, 2006
“The Police Association will be supporting Officer Erwood who is facing drink driving charges after responding to a fatal accident in Mokau, State Highway 3 on July 9. This support includes legal representation,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Uncomfortable With Reduction In Recruiting Standards

NZPA | Fri June 30th, 2006
"Police Officers are uncomfortable with the reduction in recruiting standards announced by Police today," NZ Police Association President, Mr O'Connor said today.

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Increased Funding A Welcome Necessity

NZPA | Tue May 16th, 2006
“The Police Association has been emphasising for some time that more frontline and investigative officers are needed to reverse increasing crime rates, in particular violent crime”, Police Association Vice-President Richard Middleton said today.

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New Commissioner’s Team Looks Vibrant

NZPA | Tue April 4th, 2006
The Police Association welcomes the appointment of Howard Broad to the job of Commissioner of Police, President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Busted Black Power Crime Ring Should Be A Warning To The Extent Of Criminal Offending

NZPA | Thu March 16th, 2006
"The Association congratulates South Auckland Police on the hard work that resulted in the bust of an organised crime ring run by the Black Power gang yesterday. It exposes the extent of offending and the amount of money these organised crime groups are making from preying on the more vulnerable," said Greg O'Connor, President of the NZ Police Association today.

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Police Amendment Bill Withdrawal & Act Re-Write Commonsense

NZPA | Tue March 7th, 2006
"The Police Association has welcomed the announcement from the Minister of Police today that the Police Amendment Bill 2001 will be withdrawn and a complete re-write of the Police Act will take place," Police Association President, Greg O'Connor said today.

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1000 Extra Police All Sworn - A Great Message For Frontline Police Feeling The Pressure Over Christmas

NZPA | Thu December 8th, 2005
"Police everywhere in NZ will be buoyed by the Government’s clear commitment today to 1000 sworn Police officers plus the very necessary additional support staff they will need to do their job. It’s a reassuring Christmas message for frontline police feeling the pressure over Christmas, that significant help is on the way," NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Encouraged By Appointment Of High-Ranking Cabinet Minister and Proven Performer To Minister Of Police

NZPA | Wed October 19th, 2005
The Police Association is encouraged by the appointment of Hon Annette King, a high ranking Cabinet Minister and proven performer, as Minister of Police, NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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