Media Releases

More Police Welcomed With Expectation All Will Be Sworn Police Destined For Frontline

NZPA | Wed October 19th, 2005
"The Police Association congratulates the efforts of NZ First and welcomes the new Government’s commitment to provide another 1000 Police staff over the next 3 budget years, with the expectation that those promised will be sworn police officers destined for the frontline," NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Judge's Criticisms Of Counties Manukau Police Unjustified

NZPA | Mon October 10th, 2005
"The damage done to the reputation of Counties Manukau Police by Judge Davidson’s comment about a widespread sick culture, is only partly undone by today’s report," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Hawkins Did His Best For Police

NZPA | Tue October 4th, 2005
"The out-going Police Minister battled hard for police," Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Public Think Crime And Violence One Of The Top Four Most Important Problems Facing The Country Today

NZPA | Thu August 25th, 2005
"The Police have done well with the stretched resources they have and where they have focussed those resources, the crime statistics look pleasing," said Greg O’Connor, NZ Police Association President. "However, we know that New Zealanders think crime and violence is one of the top four most important problems facing the country today and that’s what really counts."

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Good Cops Doing What They Believed Was Their Job In Motorcade

NZPA | Fri August 19th, 2005
"The two police officers in the Motorcade who were convicted are good cops who were doing their absolute best to perform their duty," NZ Police Association President, Mr O'Connor said today.

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Labour’s Acknowledgement Of Frontline Shortages Apparent

NZPA | Thu August 11th, 2005
“The Police Association sees Labour’s promise to provide 250 Community Police as a welcome acknowledgement that New Zealand is currently under policed,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Minister Poorly Advised Over Police Recruitment And Retention Issues

NZPA | Fri August 5th, 2005
“It’s a shame the Police Minister has attacked the Police Association as the ones raising the recruiting and retention issue, when in reality it was Police themselves who brought the issue to the public,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Recruitment Problems First Raised By Police

NZPA | Fri August 5th, 2005
“Problems with Police recruitment were first raised by Police themselves publicly last week and what was raised seems to be confirmed by the information we have received ourselves,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Budget Leaves 45 Police Areas Scrapping Over Only 8 More Frontline Response Cars To Answer Calls

NZPA | Thu May 19th, 2005
"Police districts and Area Commanders, struggling to put frontline response cars on the road to answer the public’s calls, will receive little relief from today’s budget," NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Communications Centres Report Manna From Heaven For Comms Centre Staff

NZPA | Wed May 11th, 2005
"The longstanding concerns over lack of staffing and resourcing in Police Communications Centres articulated by the Association on behalf of staff, have finally been recognised and staff look forward to the implementation of the recommendations made in the Independent External Review of Communications Centres released today," Police Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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

NZPA | Thu March 3rd, 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 | Wed March 2nd, 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 | Tue March 1st, 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 | Wed February 23rd, 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 | Fri January 14th, 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 | Wed December 15th, 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 | Fri November 12th, 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 | Thu October 28th, 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 | Thu March 11th, 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 | Mon December 15th, 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 | Fri October 10th, 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 | Thu October 9th, 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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