Police association front page news https://policeassn.org.nz/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:50:04 +1200 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:50:04 +1200 Rotorua robbery victims praise police https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/rotorua-robbery-victims-praise-police Rotorua robbery victims praise police - Police Association President Chris Cahill has commented on the positive impact of new police officers, saying the situation nearly got to breaking point before the Government announcement. Recent Media Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:50:04 +1200 Police association front page news Police News August 2017 https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/police-news/police-news-august-2017 In this issue: Policing in extreme weather; reports from the committee AGMs; and we farewell three Association people. Police News (Magazine) Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:34:34 +1200 Police association front page news President's Column: Increasing member involvement https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/presidents-column/presidents-column-increasing-member-involvement In June, I had the pleasure of travelling the country to attend as many committee AGMs as I could – getting to 31 in total. It was invaluable on many levels, including meeting members and hearing issues and concerns relevant to their work groups. Where possible, I also visited the smaller stations for a quick introduction and, in the case of Balclutha, some exceptional cheese scones! Some of the challenges facing our members are particular to their rural policing environments and not on the radar of the larger metropolitan centres. A key concern is single-crewing of PST units, especially on night shift, in rural centres, many of which are tough policing environments. As the Government commits to increasing the number of 24-hour stations across New Zealand, it appears that the need for double-crewing has not been factored in to the number of staff needed. Having worked a single-crew i-car in Te Kuiti many years ago, I know the dangers that can pose, and the stress that such assignments have on officers. Attending the AGMs also helped me gauge support for the Association across the committees. Everywhere there are committed and passionate individuals doing great work on behalf of our members, but the number of actively involved members varies across the country. In general, the provincial centres are well served, but in some metropolitan centres there were disappointing turnouts for the AGMs and a limited number of volunteers available to join committees. The strength of the Association is its membership and the ability to speak credibly on behalf of members made possible because you have told us the real facts behind the challenges that policing brings. Much of that information comes to me, and the National Office, through the committees, which is why it is extremely important that we retain and grow strong local Association networks that are representative of our large and diverse membership across all work groups. The Board of Directors recognises this is a key challenge and will be working on initiatives to increase member involvement at the local level, and to ensure good communication between members and the National Office on policing issues. I encourage everyone who has a view on the Association, the value we bring to you as a member and the wider police environment, to approach your local committee to see how you can contribute. It doesn’t need to be a significant time commitment; a key role is simply ensuring that the views of your work group are being heard and, likewise, that the activities of the Association are being communicated back to you. President's Columns Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:18:45 +1200 Police association front page news Police Association urges politicians to rethink online firearms sales https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/media-releases/police-association-urges-politicians-rethink-online-firearms-sa Police Association President Chris Cahill says last week’s tragic shootings in Northland should serve as an opportune time for politicians to take another look at the recommendations from the Law and Order Select Committee Inquiry into the Illegal Possession of Firearms in New Zealand. “The Committee recommended a registration process for websites facilitating trading in firearms, parts or ammunition.  This would give us assurance that online purchasing regimes would have necessary protections, but politicians rejected registration,” Mr Cahill said. Currently the Police Association’s policy is to ban online sales of firearms. It is a view based on the fact that the existing system falls short in terms of protections in two vital areas – it doesn’t ensure that all people purchasing firearms are licensed, and, it doesn’t guarantee that the firearms actually purchased end up in the hands of the person whose licence is identified in that online purchase. The Association of course accepts that online marketplaces for all types of goods are now an established element in retailing. However, Mr Cahill says before the Association would consider easing its position with respect to online trading of firearms, it would need to be satisfied significant improvements are made to ensure only clearly identifiable licensed firearms owners are capable of purchasing and receiving firearms. “Unfortunately we have been made all too aware of the fact that online traders are not able to verify that the licence provided to them is the licence of the actual purchaser,” he said. “We acknowledge TradeMe is attempting to work with Police to access the firearms licence database in order to better ensure the credentials of online purchasers.  We also acknowledge TradeMe shares the Association’s view that there should be a register of all firearms serial numbers.”  “The Association would go further and ask that the permit to procure be extended to cover all sales or transfers of firearms, as recommended by the Select Committee.  That would give us more confidence in the security of online purchasing regimes, and we may adjust our position accordingly,” Mr Cahill said.   Media Releases Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:49:51 +1200 Police association front page news Police Association condemns horrific attack on Rotorua officer https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/media-releases/police-association-condemns-horrific-attack-rotorua-officer Police Association President Chris Cahill has expressed concern for the police officer who was seriously assaulted while on duty overnight in Rotorua. “Our thoughts go out to the officer who was the victim of a horrific and cowardly attack while making an arrest at a property in Rotorua in the early hours of the morning,” Mr Cahill said today. “The Association is offering support to the injured officer and his family and assisting where we can.” Indications are that the officer was hit from behind with a weapon, knocking him unconscious and causing serious head injuries. He is currently sedated in Waikato Hospital. The offender remains at large. “This is the second serious assault on a police officer this week, after a constable was bashed up to 15 times over the head in the main street of Morrinsville on Monday,” Mr Cahill said. “This incident highlights the dangerous situations that officers put themselves in while carrying out their duty. It very quickly turned a routine policing matter into a volatile and life-threatening situation. “We all hope for a favourable outcome for the injured officer from this sickening assault,” he said. Media Releases Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:17:11 +1200 Police association front page news