Police association front page news https://policeassn.org.nz/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:22:36 +1300 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:22:36 +1300 Officer honoured by peers for extraordinary bravery https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/media-releases/officer-honoured-peers-extraordinary-bravery A police officer who demonstrated outstanding courage has been honoured with the Police Association’s Bravery Award at the 83rd New Zealand Police Association annual conference in Wellington. Senior Constable Scott Quate, nominated by his peers, was presented with his award by NZ’s former Govenor General, Sir Anand Satyanand. Association President Chris Cahill said, “The officer not only displayed quick thinking, but extraordinary courage to put his life at risk to rescue others.” On August 19, 2017, Senior Constable Scott Quate was off duty, driving with his partner and baby to Cambridge, when approaching the Fergusson Bridge, spanning the Waikato River, traffic had come to a standstill. Below, a man was in the water screaming for help. Nearby, an unconscious woman was floating face-up. The pair had crashed through a barrier and into the fast-flowing river. Without hesitation, Scott scrambled down a steep, 10-metre slope, then fully clothed, waded into the freezing current, quickly finding himself in deep water. Carried about 10 metres downstream towards the people in the water, he managed to grab a low-hanging branch and reach out to grab and pull the woman to him. The man was close behind. Stranded in the torrent Scott worked to keep himself and the unconscious woman clear of the water while trying to calm the man, who was clinging to the woman fatigued and distressed. A tow rope was finally lowered to him. He secured it around the woman and all three were dragged to shallow water, where Scott immediately began CPR on the woman. He succeeded in clearing water from her lungs and she was lifted up the bank to receive further emergency response care. Alive when taken to hospital, the woman sadly died two days later. The Police investigation team noted that the rescued man, in his mid-60s would almost certainly have died in the freezing and turbulent waters if not for Scott’s actions. Scott’s partner, Sandy, waited nearby with their toddler. Relief was great when he was safely back on land, exhausted and freezing cold, but unharmed except for a bruised and rope-burned arm. Based in Napier, Scott works as a road policing officer. Eastern District Commander Superintendent Tania Kura said he had acted with great courage and presence of mind in very difficult circumstances. No one on the scene knew that Scott was a police officer and no one else there was prepared to take the risk of entering the water. “Such valour and determination, done without thought for his own safety, is why Scott is the recipient of this year’s Police Association Bravery Award”, Mr Cahill said. “To be awarded the Association’s Bravery Award is the highest honour we can bestow on our members. I am tremendously proud to be associated with this officer who performed so outstandingly.” Photos: Bravery Award recipient Senior Constable Scott Quate with Police Association President Chris Cahill, Hawke's Bay reps Paul Ormerod and Kevin Stewart, and with former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. About the NZ Police Association Bravery Award The New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards were established by the Police Association to recognise and honour the most outstanding acts of bravery performed by members, on or off duty.  Whilst acts of bravery may be recognised by other Police and civilian awards, the Association’s Bravery Award is unique in that it represents recognition of a member’s outstanding bravery by his or her colleagues and peers. The design of the award is based on the sternpost of a Maori waka, traditionally carved to provide guardianship on a journey.  In the Bravery Award, the cast bronze sternpost incorporates a Police chevron, and represents the strength, resolve and community guardianship of police.  The sternpost is topped by a flame of pounamu, representing the outstanding valour of the act of bravery, and the high value in which the recipient is held. 2018 is the eighth year in which Bravery Awards have been made.   The recipient of the Bravery Award was selected by a panel comprising of former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Dame Annette King, Police Association President Chris Cahill, Vice–President Craig Tickelpenny, Police Superintendent Sam Hoyle. The first award was made in 2010 to Inspector Mike O’Leary, who, while off duty, placed his own safety at risk in rescuing two children from a burning van following a serious crash near Taupo.  In 2011, Constable Mike Wardle and former constable Marty Stiles were honoured for their courage in rescuing Senior Constable Bruce Lamb after he had been shot through the face in Christchurch.   No awards were made in 2012 as the evaluation panel did not feel any nominated acts met the standard of extraordinary bravery required.   In 2013, Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey received an award for leaping without hesitation into dangerous surf at Napier to save the life of a 12 year old boy. In 2014, Senior Constable Deane O’Connor received an award for leaping from a bridge, at nightfall, into the dark waters of Tauranga harbour to rescue a crash survivor.  In 2015 Senior Constable Adrian Oldham was awarded for entering a burning home without any fire safety equipment to rescue a trapped 77-year-old woman; Constable Ben Turner, unarmed, rushed an offender armed with a sawn-off shotgun who was attempting to carjack an elderly woman in a crowded car park.   The 2016 award was not made public due to the nature of the police operation involved. Last year, two officers were honoured. Former senior constable Ross Andrew made a daring cliff descent to help with the rescue of an injured driver of a truck that had crashed down into the Manawatu Gorge river. In Northland, Constable Darren Critchley braved huge seas at Ninety Mile Beach to bring two swimmers to shore, one of whom died.   Media Releases Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:22:36 +1200 Police association front page news Cannabis major focus of Police Association conference https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/cannabis-major-focus-police-association-conference Cannabis major focus of Police Association conference - Dealing with legal recreational cannabis, including how to measure impairment among drug-affected drivers and even on-duty police officers, is the major focus of the Police Association annual conference. Recent Media Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:01:55 +1200 Police association front page news NZ Police Association Annual Conference 2018 https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/media-releases/nz-police-association-annual-conference-2018 The Police Association holds its 83rd annual conference this week, from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 October, at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, Wellington. The theme of this year’s conference is “Weeding out the referendum: Policing with a ‘Yes’ vote.” This is reference to the government’s promise to hold a referendum on or before the 2020 election on legalisation of cannabis for personal use.  For the association this conference marks the starting point for an open, honest and evidence-based discussion on how our members could be affected if there is a ‘Yes’ vote. The association will not take a pro or an anti-legalisation stance in the public debate because our members must enforce the law, whatever it is. Conference speakers have been chosen for their respective areas of expertise - from how Canadian police are dealing with their country’s recent legalisation of cannabis, to leading NZ research on options for cannabis law reform, the social harms of cannabis, and young people and cannabis. The panel and conference discussion, will be moderated by Ross Bell, director of the NZ Drug Foundation. Association President Chris Cahill will address the conference and introduce Police Minister Stuart Nash, who will officially open the conference on Wednesday morning. National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop will speak on Friday morning. Delegates from around the country, and international guests representing Australian and South African police associations, will attend the conference. Media representatives are invited to attend the following sessions:   Wednesday 10 October, 10am – 11am 10am: Official Welcome – NZPA President Chris Cahill 10:20am: Conference Opening – Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Police   Thursday 11 October, 9am – 1pm 9am: Bravery Award presentation 10:30am: Weeding out the Referendum – speeches and Q&A Overview of the Canadian perspective on policing under cannabis legalisation from Canadian Police Association President Tom Stamatakis Moderator Ross Bell of the NZ Drug Foundation will then introduce three speakers offering various perspectives on the potential impact of a ‘Yes’ vote on policing. A panel discussion and questions from delegates will follow. Speakers: Tom Stamatakis, Canadian Police Association President and ICPRA Chair Ross Bell, NZ Drug Foundation director Chris Wilkins, Massey University drug researcher Carrie Drake, NZ Police intelligence practitioner Julia Amua Whaipooti, JustSpeak spokesperson and Children’s Commission senior advisor   Friday 12 October, 9am – 10am 9am: Address by Opposition Police Spokesperson Chris Bishop   Media Releases Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:02:57 +1200 Police association front page news Police News October 2018 https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/police-news/police-news-october-2018 In this issue:  When your parent is a cop - how kids can be affected; Before the crash: Antarctic police veterans recall the Erebus warnings that went unheeded; Police Association Winter Games review and results; and a look inside the Auckland custody unit.   Read articles: President's Column: Collective agreement negotiations When your parent is a cop - coping with children's anxiety Erebus flight path warnings ignored 21st-century custody: Inside the Auckland Custody Unit TENR and urgent duty driving Police News (Magazine) Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:10:10 +1200 Police association front page news Erebus flight path warnings ignored https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/erebus-flight-path-warnings-ignored Former police officer Ted Robinson was working at Scott Base in Antarctica on the day of the Erebus tourist flight crash when he and another former police officer, Gary Lewis, communicated with the flight crew of the doomed plane, advising them to avoid whiteout conditions along the flight path. Advice that went unheeded. Ellen Brook reports. Gary Lewis, left, Ted Robinson, centre, and Nigel Roberts, who met for the first time in nearly 30 years in Wellington last month, admire a radio that Gary first used at Vanda Station. Photos: ELLEN BROOK. A small but significant reunion was held in Wellington last month when three Antarctic veterans, two of them former police officers, gathered to reminisce about their time on the ice in the late 1970s. Top of mind for the trio was the 40th anniversary of the Erebus crash, due to be commemorated on November 28 next year. The circumstances surrounding New Zealand’s worst aviation disaster and the ensuing controversial enquiries about its causes are of particular interest to them because they were all there when it happened. Geophysicist Gary Lewis was the team leader at Vanda Station and Senior Constable Ted Robinson was the second in command at nearby Scott Base, along with Nigel Roberts, who was on leave from Canterbury University working for four months as New Zealand’s information officer and photographer in Antarctica. Gary, who later joined New Zealand Police’s technical support unit, says commentary on Erebus over the intervening years has generally been based on post-crash analysis and theories. What has been troubling Gary and Ted in that time, however, is what happened before the crash that claimed the lives of 257 people. “There were some of us in Antarctica who were communicating with the DC10 pilot by HF radio prior to the crash and have recollections that paint a slightly different picture,” Gary says. Indeed, it’s a picture that has apparently never been fully recorded in official accounts of the tragedy and that has been bothering these men. Ted says he did tell authorities at the time about their communications with the plane’s crew, warning of whiteout conditions and suggesting an alternative route, but it appears that wasn’t considered relevant to the post-crash inquiries. The reasons why that might have been the case have also been a source of concern for the two men, now in their late seventies. Ted Robinson at Scott Base in 1979. Photo: NIGEL ROBERTS. The day that Air New Zealand Flight TE901 crashed into Mt Erebus during a sightseeing tour, Gary and Ted were both on duty. They knew about the tourist flight and that it was going to be heading close to them to look at Ross Island in McMurdo Sound. “But,” says Ted, “we knew there were whiteout conditions there. I had already curtailed any activity, such as helicopters, around the island and I advised the TE901 pilot to not come anywhere near Ross Island.” When the crew was about an hour north of Ross Island, Ted suggested to pilot Jim Collins that he, instead, divert to fly over the dry valley region, near Vanda Station, which was clear. Above: Vanda Station, Antarctica. Photo: NIGEL ROBERTS. Ted recollects that the crew acknowledged his call, but he did not hear from them again. “I became quite concerned from then on,” he says. Meanwhile, 75 nautical miles away at Vanda, Gary had also communicated with the flight crew. Supporting Ted’s stance, he also suggested a change of course. “I proffered incentives by advising the pilot that our signalling mirrors had the ability to attract the attention of aircraft at 100 miles in clear weather, so there would be no difficulty in pinpointing Vanda among the rocky mountains and valleys due to our ability to project bright flashes over a long distance.” Gary says he explained that the Ross Island whiteout was local and that there was clear, sunny weather over the Wright Valley with spectacular views to be had from the air. “The pilot’s response was, ‘Sounds good, we might fly over that way’.” That contact was noted in the station radio log at 1156 on November 28 – 53 minutes before impact. Over the next several hours, Gary says, Scott Base and Vanda Station put in up to 50 calls trying to reach the plane, “until we realised that it was past their fuel time”. The Chippindale Report into the crash, released on May 31, 1980, briefly mentions communication between Scott Base and the aircraft offering the advice that “the dry valley area was clear and would be a better prospect for sightseeing than Ross Island”. The captain asked “the commentator” if he could guide them over that way. “The commentator said that would be no trouble and asked if the captain wished to head for that area at that time. The captain replied he ‘would prefer here first’.” There is no mention of that communication from Scott Base or from Vanda Station in Justice Peter Mahon’s subsequent Royal Commission of Inquiry into the accident. At the time of the crash, Vanda was hosting six search and rescue specialists from New Zealand on a training course. “We sent them to the site,” says Gary. “They were the first on the scene.” Before that, Ted had flown over the crash site in a helicopter to assess the terrain for landing and putting up tents for what he could see would be a lengthy body recovery operation. A landing platform would be required and he quickly designed one for the first team on the site to construct. Eighteen hours after the wreckage was found, Nigel Roberts was flown over the crash site by helicopter to take pictures for news media. “When I got back to Scott Base and looked into the fixing tray as I developed the films I had taken, I saw the image of the DC10’s tail and its distinctive koru symbol on the snow-and-ice-covered slopes of Mt Erebus.” He knew at once that the simple image summarised the tragedy. It still does. Above: Nigel Roberts' famous photo of the wreckage on Mt Erebus. Gary remembers how impressed he was with the endurance and commitment of those first responders and the police teams that followed. “Those of us going about our normal business, not far from the scene of the disaster, were privy to details of the daunting work and living conditions suffered by police working at the crash site. We heard not one complaint from them who, on top of it all, were thrown in at the deep end of intrepid conditions with brief training and no prior polar experience.” In the investigative frenzy and furore that followed, Ted said he told investigators working on the initial Chippindale report what had occurred before the crash. “The authorities knew about that contact we had with the crew,” says Ted. However, Ted says, “they didn’t want to hear it. I also made a phone call to the United States to the people who produced the plane and told them about it. I was surprised when nothing eventuated and surprised to not have been called before the subsequent Mahon Royal Commission of Inquiry.” He goes further. In his mind, he says, it was a cover-up by Air New Zealand and the government. “They didn’t want the relatives of 257 people suing the government. They intended to overlook the fact that we had spoken to the pilot.” It’s fair to say that the issue has been “festering” for nearly 40 years, never forgotten by Ted and Gary. Nigel, now an emeritus professor of political science at Victoria University, says it is a case of “what if?”, but at the time, people were more focused on the “why” of the crash. Three years ago, Ted wrote and self-published a memoir, On the Ice, in which he talks about his experiences at Scott Base. There were a limited number of copies circulated among friends and family. Ted is planning an updated reprint this year, reinforcing his concern that not everything that happened before the crash at Mt Erebus was acknowledged as it should have been. Gary, too, has firm theories on what went wrong, including what he calls a momentous early warning landmark that went unseen. He’s referring to Beaufort Island, which he says presents a “crux point” to the crash because the DC10 was reportedly flying on authorised VMC (visual meteorological conditions). “The distinctive asymmetry of Beaufort, protruding out of the whiteness to the east alongside the glide path into McMurdo, is a significant landmark, and was clearly visible from the DC10 as evidenced by film recovered from passengers’ cameras showing clear photos of Beaufort, but on the wrong side of the aircraft.” It remains an enigma, he says, that the pilot and his advisers evidently failed to see or recognise what the passengers clearly saw and photographed. “If the pilot had known TE901 was east of Beaufort Island instead of west of it, he would have realised from his map that they were flying directly towards rising ground, albeit with ample time to take evasive action.” If Beaufort Island had been properly identified, Gary says, the deadly illusion of whiteout would never have presented itself to TE901. “There is enduring opinion in some circles that a principal ingredient to the crash was a failure to recognise a prominently visible landmark, and that any instrument error should not have mattered.” In fact, it appears from subsequent inquiries and reports, that observational misidentification of landmarks by the crew and advisers occurred due to “loss of situational awareness”. According to reports on the Erebus Story website (erebus.co.nz), that fatal loss of awareness was set in train before the aircraft left the ground. Above: Diagrams included in Justice Peter Mahon's book, Verdict on Erebus, show where the pilot thought the plane was (Assumed Orbiting Sequence - left) and where it actually was (Actual Orbiting Sequence - right). The pre-programmed route loaded into the aircraft’s navigational system was not the same as that presented to the crew at their route briefing days before. As a result, they identified landmarks based on where they thought they were, not where they actually were. They were also flying beneath cloud and the optical illusions created by the whiteout conditions made the terrain in front appear to be the flat open expanse of McMurdo Sound. They believed they were exactly where they were meant to be. Ted notes that the crew of TE901 had never flown to Antarctica before and were unfamiliar with whiteout conditions. “American pilots were required to fly as co-pilots for up to six times before taking control of an aircraft in Antarctic conditions. This was an anomaly by Air New Zealand.” The Royal Commission of Inquiry concluded that many things had combined to cause the accident, but the most dominant factor was the shifting of the route. For Gary and Ted, those are haunting words – shifting of the route was exactly what they had wanted to the plane to do.   Invisible danger Gary Lewis explains the whiteout phenomenon. Visualise a weird sensation of being suspended in whiteness with an eerie silence broken only by your footsteps producing a shrieking sound as your mukluks (boots) crush super-dry snow with every step. A whiteout occurs when suspended ice crystals scatter the polarisation and direction of light. A whiteout does not identify itself, so you might not even be aware there is one until it is too late. One clue is when walking on a flat level surface, you suffer a slope illusion and stumble. Fragile crevasse bridges become invisible, hiding deep chasms that could swallow a bus. On a flat shelf you can get lost by walking 10 metres from your polar tent, unable to find your way back if you don’t circle the tent with a barrier rope. That large orange building you see in the far distance is only a sledge box five metres away. The perfectly clear horizon a pilot sees miles ahead on a clear sunny day is actually very close, the “horizon” being the dividing line between the sea and a high vertical ice shelf. A search helicopter once reported “wreckage hanging in the sky ahead” after another chopper had flown into an ice shelf at cruising speed shortly after the pilot had radioed “clear and clear” (clear horizon and clear surface definition). This quite common illusion is deadly for a pilot with no previous polar experience, and it is hauntingly similar to visual conditions around NZ901 minutes before impact, right where the sea meets a vertical ice shelf, presenting a false impression of “clear and clear”. Even the humble compass is of little use because at such close proximity to the geomagnetic South Pole, the magnetic field lines are no longer horizontal, so the field force that normally turns a compass card is very small compared with a force that tips the card over sideways. Likewise, the traditional gyrocompass also has its quirks at the bottom of the world, turning through 360 degrees every 24 hours, as the planet rotates around it.   Life on the ice The main hazard in Antarctica is not flying, says Gary Lewis, it’s fire. When the humidity in winter falls to less than 2 per cent, you can set fire to a stick of 4x2 timber with a match. At Vanda Station, where he did four seasons, fuel drums were stored well away from the small huts where the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research team lived and worked. Likewise, food, meat and emergency clothing were also stored outside. The workers were conducting scientific programmes, including meteorology, hydrology, seismology and monitoring atmospheric electrification, earth currents and magnetics. To keep it simple, Gary says, most of the scientific chart recorders were clockwork driven. “We would tramp five hours in the dark to rewind some of them. Even our toilet was an outside dunny with no door, and a fuel drum with wooden seat, and a nail to hang the kerosene lamp on. We each had our own polyurethane foam seat to prevent bum freeze. Hundred per cent reliability, open for business 24/365.” When the temperature dropped to minus 56 degrees Celsius in calm winter weather, danger lurked in unexpected ways, Gary says. “For example, in the unlikely event your mouth contacted bare rock during a fall; you would instantly become ‘welded’ to the rock, freezing your head within minutes. People have been known to unthinkingly remove a mitt and pick up an interesting rock, resulting in the rock freezing to their hand. The rock needs to be warmed to release it without tearing the skin off. “It’s a slow and painful process if it’s a rock you can pick up and tuck into your anorak, but if it’s a rock that can’t be picked up, the consequences are grim. “Things happen so fast. A pot of boiling water taken outside in winter and thrown into the air freezes instantly with a roaring sound and hits the ground as rattling shards of ice. Sometimes we did it for fun.” Gary reflects that it would have been a good idea for tourist pilots to spend a stint working on the ice before flying there, so they could experience the place, and its illusions, first hand. Because, he says, there’s no other place like it. Gary Lewis with his mukluks (boots), nosewiper (glove) and lantern - vital equipment when working in Antarctica. Above: The 'dunny'.   Featured Articles Mon, 08 Oct 2018 12:05:41 +1200 Police association front page news When your parent is a cop https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/when-your-parent-cop Kids whose parents are cops are always super proud of their mum or dad, but sometimes that pride is overshadowed by fear and anxiety that can creep into a child’s mind. By Ellen Brook. Some of our members have found themselves dealing not only with the stressors of the job, but fallout from it at home. An 11-year-old girl can’t sleep at night until she hears her police officer father return home from his shift. A nine-year-old boy whose country cop dad was involved in a narrow escape  during a critical incident becomes aggressive and emotional about small matters and withdraws from his family. Childhood fears are a normal part of growing up – “monsters” under the bed, the sound of thunder or being sent to the principal’s office, for example – but fears that turn into ongoing anxiety can be upsetting for the whole family. It’s an example of how policing doesn’t happen in isolation from family life. Last year, a rural cop was involved in an incident where he was one-up on a country road in Waikato. He had spotted two cars in convoy, one of which had been reported as stolen and used in a burglary in which a firearm was taken. Knowing those details, the officer put on his lights and siren, half expecting the suspects to flee, but the female driver in the stolen car did pull over and he got her out of the vehicle. As he did so, the male driver in the other car rammed the police vehicle and then attempted to run down the officer. “He was trying to hit me without hitting her.” Fearing for his safety, the officer used his Glock to fire several shots at the vehicle, but with little effect. As he narrowly evaded the moving car, seeking shelter behind the stolen car, the woman was able to flee with her accomplice. They were later arrested and the incident soon became a talking point. “Although it happened in a rural setting, after the volley of shots was fired, a kid started recording the incident on his phone. The kid’s grandfather could be heard yelling out my name and the video was posted on Facebook.” In a small town, pretty soon everyone knew about what had happened and who was involved, with talk of the incident reaching the primary school and his kids. He had Police-provided counselling after the incident, but his wife was also very upset and, after he mentioned that to Police, she was also offered help. “Then we started noticing behaviour changes in our middle child. He was becoming aggressive and very emotional about things and not being truthful. He started to become anxious about when I was coming home and wanting to check in on me. “I feel confident about looking after myself, and my wife tried to assure our son of that. “The psychologist advised us to keep an eye on him and said the entire family should have had counselling at the time. “He seems to be back to normal now, but it’s taken a year. It made me realise that when these incidents happen, Police needs to look after the whole family, not just the cop, and things have to be dealt with straight away.” In the case of the 11-year-old daughter of a provincial road policing cop, there was no one incident that triggered her anxiety, but her mother recalls it seemed to start when she was about nine years old and found out that SRBA (stab-resistant body armour) vests are not bulletproof. “She had previously expressed worries about that, but recently she has started asking, ‘Mum, do you worry when Dad is at work that he will get hurt?’, and, ‘What would we do if Dad got hurt at work?’ “When he leaves for work, she runs out to the car, saying, ‘Don’t die, Dad’. “We both tell her that he is going to be fine, that he can look after himself and that he has a personal alarm that he can use if he needs to and that he is very careful at work. In fact, he has never been seriously assaulted or come home with so much as a black eye.” However, it’s proving to be of little comfort to her daughter, who told Police News: “It’s scary. I hear stories when he comes home and talks about what happens at work and what has happened to other people. I can’t sleep until I hear him come home and sometimes even after that. I can’t help worrying all the time. People say I should be a cop too, but I’d rather be a football player.” She has been to see a counsellor at her school but says that hasn’t helped, partly because, “there are kids in my class who are the children of gang members and I worry that they will find out where I live and tell their parents and they’ll know where my dad lives”. Such are the ongoing fears of this sensitive and intelligent girl whose teacher says she tends to overthink things. “We’re still looking for answers,” says her mother. As children and young people progress through school and life, they can’t help but be exposed to knowledge about real-world dangers – natural disasters, wars and criminal behaviours, including mass shootings. Gently encouraging the child of a police officer to accept that their fears are unnecessary and that they can overcome them can be difficult in the face of well-publicised stories of police cars being rammed and officers being hurt. Fears – real or imagined – can develop into more serious and entrenched anxiety disorders. Psychologist Deborah Perrott, director of Lifespan Counselling and Rehab, notes that with the immediacy of global communications and access to social media, the lives of emergency service workers and first responders are more public than ever before. “We can’t stop this communication,” she says, “so it’s more about how we manage this with our children. Many factors can influence a child to develop anxiety as a response to an event, she says. For example, a child being more sensitive than their siblings, their personality, temperament, environment, support networks, attitudes and other stressors or experiences from the past. “Children have many filters that can feed anxiety, such as how a message is delivered, what they hear, see and observe around them.” If your child is not managing their anxiety, Dr Perrott says, early intervention and seeking professional help is important. “Learning strategies from a clinician leaves you the job of being a parent. You don’t need to wear a therapy hat, simply seek help and work on supporting your child’s progress.” (See Dr Perrott’s advice for parents on this page.) Members can also seek help from Police welfare officers and the Employee Assistance Programme, 0800 327 669.   Dr Deborah Perrott’s advice for parents   Understanding the physiology of anxiety During anxious moments, children don’t always hear what you have to say. They have a rapid flood of chemicals that brings physical responses in the body – the fight-flight response used for survival. The logical part of the brain ceases to function as well and the automated emotional part starts firing. Calming your child physiologically is important. Calm breathing can help achieve this. Timing and managing your child’s anxiety is key We need to be calm and in a good head space to, firstly, settle the child in a confident way. Then we can respond most effectively. We can underestimate the impact that our own stress can have on a child. We need to be aware to put aside other stressors to be present. Listen, and empathise. Your child wants you to “get it”. Anxiety is actually okay and a normal part of being a human It’s when there’s too much anxiety operating, or too often, that it’s uncomfortable. Anxiety is helpful as an “alarm bell” for children – a “warning” that something may not be comfortable. In fact, some children have too little anxiety, which means being a couch potato! We all need a certain amount to get up and get going. Teach your child to identify with what makes them anxious Work through logical solutions and helpful thought challenges. For example, “Yes, Dad’s job means he chases baddies, but most often he does this with another police officer”, and, “Yes, that did happen, but Mum is fine and has managed this okay.” You are modelling to the child that anxiety can be managed and that thoughts can be worked with to be more helpful. Confronting fears Gently encourage mini goals that lead to the bigger goal. When each mini goal is comfortable for the child, check in and see if they are ready for the next mini step. Allowing your child to “give it a go” and take “safe risks” are great principles. For example, trying a new food or sport. This encourages confidence, assertiveness and adaptability. Reinforce the small gains Look for the good in your child and reinforce this behaviour. Not only does the child respond well to this, but also, as a parent, you start to focus on the positives.   Featured Articles Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:23:04 +1200 Police association front page news President's Column: Collective agreement negotiations https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/presidents-column/presidents-column-collective-agreement-negotiations Of all the Police Association’s activities, negotiation of the collective agreement for our general membership is the most important. These negotiations take place in an environment where failure to reach an agreement with Police means we must go to final offer arbitration, which means we do not engage in the  significant public lobbying as seen with other unions. While some pressure can be generated through public sympathy or demonstrations of dissatisfaction by Police staff, the reality is that both parties in the process are motivated to reach an agreement in preference to arbitration imposing one on them. This can only be achieved if, in good faith, we commit to well-researched and well-argued negotiations. I believe the outcome of our current negotiations, which members are now voting on, is the very best we can achieve and ticks a lot of boxes, hence our recommendation to accept. We might not have been able to win everything we want, but final offer arbitration would not deliver any more than what is on the table now. The key points of the recommended offer are: • A 3 per cent remuneration and allowance increase each year for the next three years, fully backdated • An additional 10 per cent increase in shift incentives and standby • A reduction in the TOIL rule from three hours to two hours • Improved ability to cash up TOIL and the fifth week of annual leave • A significant increase in the life insurance subsidy that ensures the long-term viability of the scheme. These are real gains for members. Police sought several clawbacks that did not form part of the final settlement. However, we have agreed to a reduction in leave accruals. Now it is in your hands. The most important action you can take as members is to attend the ratification meetings, have your say and vote based on the information provided by your pay negotiators. I am convinced of the need for discussion at meetings, especially when I read some of the ill-informed opinions, clearly based on incorrect information, that surface on social media. During this pay round period there have been calls for us to “hold out for as much as the nurses”. Actually, the nurses accepted the exact same general wage increase (3 per cent each year over three years) that we are recommending. We will hold as many meetings in as many venues as is possible. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can make a special vote. This is your chance to have your say. Remember, it’s too late to disagree once the results are announced. I want to hear your views over the next few weeks and will attend as many meetings as I can. President's Columns Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:58:52 +1200 Police association front page news 21st-century custody https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/21st-century-custody It’s hard to find anyone who misses the old custody suite at Auckland Central Police Station – even a little bit. For decades, the underground facility, described as a dingy dungeon with poor lighting and cells like cages at a zoo, was the everyday environment for Police staff and the temporary holding pen for those who passed through – often leaving behind a scrawled insult on the motley walls. Station OC Senior Sergeant Ash Gore, far left, with the custody unit's audiovisual team, AO Kerryn Hoskyn and, left to right, Sergeant Boycie Nelson, AO Mark Elder and AO Ryan Erasmus. Photos: ELLEN BROOK In Police-speak, the old Auckland Central Police Station custody suite was “not fit for purpose” – for staff or detainees. Like the rest of policing, it was time to move custodial management in our biggest city into the 21st century and this month marks one year since the new Auckland Custody Unit, attached to the Mt Eden Correctional Facility, opened for business. It joins other upgraded custody facilities at Counties Manukau, Rotorua, Tauranga and the recently opened Christchurch Justice Precinct.   Above: The old custody unit at Auckland Central. Below: The new custody unit. The Auckland unit can house up to 43 prisoners with overnight holding cells, at-risk cells, a padded cell, a search cell, day room, video interview suites and medical and mental health assessment rooms. The circular, modular construction incorporates CCTV monitoring, electronic control systems, prisoner call buttons and smart glazing (able to be switched from opaque to clear) on cell windows. There is some natural light in many of the cells, which have been carefully designed to avoid any ligature points. The water to the toilets and hand basins can be switched off and on as necessary. Music can be piped into the cells and, according to staff, is often requested. The five sections of one sergeant and four authorised officers (AOs) are well settled into the new environment and no one is pining for the old days. Sergeant Scott Johnson says it’s much better for everyone – staff and prisoners. They are enjoying the light, fresh, clean surroundings in which they can easily monitor detainees and ensure their safety and wellbeing. And there is no tagging allowed. “The old cells were full of graffiti and initials going back decades. We want to keep this place pristine and we have zero tolerance for any damage that would degrade the facility. If detainees do mark the cells, they are charged with wilful damage and it is quickly sanded down and painted over.” The unit is also trialling an audiovisual link with the Auckland District Court so detainees can “appear” before the court without leaving the custody unit, and are then bailed directly from the unit. The five AV rooms are managed by the AOs. AO Kerryn Hoskyn says the new system is working well for everyone, including the fact that “there’s no dock to jump over”. Up to 60 per cent of detainees will appear using the AV system, but youth and those accused of serious crimes are required to attend the court. Above: Audiovisual booths link prisoners to the Auckland District Court. Duty lawyers visit the unit as necessary and transportation to the courts is still part of the job, but there are fewer journeys than in the old days. AO Matthew Kelsall, another graduate of the Auckland Central cells, says he’s noticed that the new facility seems to make the detainees behave better too. “The new cells are easier to work with and safer. There are no long corridors and you can see every cell.” It all helps with the duty of care that police have to the many people who come through the facility each day. Above: Sergeant Scott Johnson says everyone, staff and detainees, are enjoying the light, fresh clean surroundings. OC Senior Sergeant Ash Gore says the custody unit sergeants have an important role to play. “The sergeant is the gatekeeper for all the cases coming through and can make important decisions about what should happen, ie, a pre-charge warning, proceeding with a prosecution or referring a case to an iwi panel. What happens in the custody suite can influence where things end up. Discretion can be applied to the benefit of individuals and the justice system.” Sadly, Ash notes, a high percentage of those coming through the unit are “1Ms” (mental health) with drugs and alcohol as contributing factors. “If we can do something at this point to stop them coming back or progressing through the pipeline, then that’s fantastic. We have obligations to take a transformative approach here.” Certainly, the surroundings and the technology will make that goal seem more attainable. – ELLEN BROOK   Featured Articles Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:38:39 +1200 Police association front page news Holiday Homes - trouble booking or paying? https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/events/holiday-homes-trouble-booking-or-paying Please clear your browser cache. If you need any help with this, contact our Member Services team on 0800 500 122 or email: enquiries@policeassn.org.nz. Tue, 01 May 2018 16:03:57 +1200 Police association front page news