President's Column

President's Column: An instant political fix

Vol. 48, No. 10 | NZPA | Sun November 1st, 2015

It is amazing to see how something that is one day not a problem can 24 hours later be a significant issue that requires an instant political fix.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 27 October 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Tue October 27th, 2015

I’m back in the office after an eventful Police Association Conference in Wellington. And it was demonstrably successful. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 9 October 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri October 9th, 2015

I hope the longer days and burst of vitamin D which comes with spring is giving you all a boost. 

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President's Column: It's time to rebalance our universe

Vol. 48, No. 9 | NZPA | Thu October 1st, 2015

The universe is balanced. Everything reverts to the average. What goes around comes around.

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President's Column: A spate of firearms incidents

Vol. 48, No. 8 | NZPA | Tue September 1st, 2015

And then there were four! In a nine-day period last month, we had three serious armed incidents reported where we were either shot at or had to shoot armed offenders.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 21 August 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri August 21st, 2015

With two firearms incidents where offenders confronted police and before that a shotgun attack on two police stations, it’s been another noteworthy few weeks on the frontline. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 3 August 2015

NZPA | Fri August 7th, 2015

This last week was a unique and successful one for the Association. 

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President's Column: Gang intimidation

Vol. 48, No. 7 | NZPA | Sat August 1st, 2015

As I write, Corrections Department managers are squirming under the pressure of questions over gang-controlled fight clubs at Mt Eden prison and the unexplained death of a prisoner who was transferred from there.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 27 July

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon July 27th, 2015

Corrections boss Ray Smith may have some explaining to do.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 20 July

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon July 20th, 2015

Sometimes a police incident involving attacks on our members attracts the attention, sympathy, and even outrage of the public.  One such case occurred last week.

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President's Column: Judging from the grandstands

Vol. 48, No. 6 | NZPA | Wed July 1st, 2015

Those who get pleasure watching police get a proverbial clip around the ears would have enjoyed their grandstand seats over the past couple of weeks.

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President's Column: The 'tough on crime' debate

Vol. 48, No. 5 | NZPA | Mon June 1st, 2015

Police officer shootings and beatings of black suspects in the United States have become a topic of outrage and discussion around the world. 

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President's Column: How policy affects policing

Vol. 48, No. 4 | NZPA | Fri May 1st, 2015

Police officers often have little understanding or regard for policy and those who develop it, but they are very quickly affected by strategies that are introduced and implemented without good policy research.

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President's Column: Playing a long game

Vol. 48, No. 3 | NZPA | Wed April 1st, 2015

We walk a fine line here at the Association. Maintaining our credibility as well-informed commentators on law and order issues is essential. 

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President's Column: A dumping ground for others' problems

Vol. 48, No. 2 | NZPA | Sun March 1st, 2015

If you ever wanted evidence of how Police end up as the dumping ground for everyone else’s problems, just look at what is happening with the remand prisoner issue in Auckland and surrounding districts.

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President's Column: Threats to officers

Vol. 48, No. 1 | NZPA | Sun February 1st, 2015

We are now well into a new year that promises plenty of action.

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President's Column: Another year comes to an end

Vol. 47, No. 11 | NZPA | Mon December 1st, 2014

Another year comes to an end, and it’s a good time to reflect on the policing year.

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President's Column: Hot topics in the media

Vol. 47, No. 10 | NZPA | Mon November 10th, 2014

Often during our conference the media cotton on to one issue, and this year the commentary became about arming of police, even though the only agenda item to do with arming was about the unavailability of weapons in stations.

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President's Column - Threats against staff

Vol. 47, No. 9 | NZPA | Wed October 1st, 2014

In the wake of the Ashburton Work and Income office homicides, Work and Income bosses have announced they will take a zero tolerance approach to threats against staff in future.

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President's Column - An uncomfortable watch

Vol. 47, No. 8 | NZPA | Mon September 1st, 2014

I watched the recent TV programme that dramatised the Louise Nicholas story. Everyone in Police will be familiar with the story of a young woman’s exploitation by some police officers in the Bay of Plenty, the allegations and subsequent court actions around sexual abuse and the commission of inquiry that followed.

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President’s Column – Policing in a user-pays country

Vol. 47, No. 7 | NZPA | Fri August 1st, 2014

I was lucky enough to have a week’s holiday in Asia last month. Apart from enjoying the warmth, the food and the relaxation, I also witnessed a very stark piece of police corruption.

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President's Column - Policing trends around the world

Vol. 47, No. 6 | NZPA | Tue July 1st, 2014

Last month I was privileged to be reappointed chairman of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA), the international body that we are a member of. 

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President's Column - Budget cuts affect us all

Vol. 47, No. 5 | NZPA | Sun June 1st, 2014

The problem with relying on disasters to fix the budget is that is we all get burnt in the meantime.

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President's Column - The best victories are often never celebrated

Vol. 47, No. 4 | NZPA | Thu May 1st, 2014

The saying goes that the best victories are often never celebrated. 

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President's Column - Be wary of public service restructures

Vol. 47, No. 3 | NZPA | Tue April 1st, 2014

I see that Corrections, one of the government departments that Police is working more closely with, has announced yet another restructure. 

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President's Column - Blind obedience never works

Vol. 47, No. 2 | NZPA | Sat March 1st, 2014

The business media these days is full of superlatives and confidence about what is being described internationally as New Zealand’s “rock star economy”.

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President's Column - Dead man's shoes

Vol. 47, No. 1 | NZPA | Sat February 1st, 2014

I recently delivered a eulogy at the funeral of retired Assistant Commissioner Graeme Dallow. 

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President's Column - It never rains but it pours

Vol 46, No.11 | NZPA | Sun December 1st, 2013

“It never rains but it pours”, as the old cliché goes. That’s certainly true of the incidents and accusations currently being levelled at police.

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President's Column - Your Association needs you

Vol 46, No.10 | NZPA | Fri November 1st, 2013

This month I was humbled to be re-elected as Police Association President. The election has invigorated the organisation as members became aware that there was a contested election and, as a result, gained an understanding of how the organisation works.

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President's Column - Reducing assaults on police

Vol 46, No.9 | NZPA | Tue October 1st, 2013

Another month, another serious assault on one of our own.

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