Police association front page news https://policeassn.org.nz/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:21:32 +1300 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:21:32 +1300 Ban on smoking with children in cars 'short sighted' https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/ban-smoking-children-cars-short-sighted Ban on smoking with children in cars 'short sighted' - Police Association President Chris Cahill supports the health reasons for a ban on smoking in cars, but questions whether it will be practical for police to enforce. Recent Media Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:39:44 +1200 Police association front page news Police News February 2019 https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/police-news/police-news-february-2019 In this issue: Storage Wars - inside the Police Museum's epic project; Equality vs equity; Your Welfare Fund - what's in it for you; and the Police College events guru.   Read articles: President's Column: By our members, for our members Storage Wars: The Police Museum's epic project  Politicians get behind push for law change Police News (Magazine) Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:21:32 +1200 Police association front page news President's Column: By our members, for our members https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/presidents-column/presidents-column-our-members-our-members Whenever I am called about a member in need of welfare support, I know the Police Association can respond because we have a very strong welfare system built by our members for our members. A call for assistance could follow an assault or injury on the job, a critical illness or the death of a loved one, among many other situations. The association can assist with them all, providing empathy backed by practical help – cash grants, petrol vouchers or a few days’ break in one of our Holiday Homes. We can also give long-term support, including access to counselling and other services. Of course, we also provide home loans, insurances, birth benefits, political and industrial advocacy and legal support, but it is our welfare arm that sets us apart from similar organisations. Being there in the tough times and having the ability to help members and their families is who we are. In short, we can all be very proud of our association, recognised as one of the foremost member representative groups in New Zealand and the envy of police associations around the world. As we head into 2019, it is appropriate we identify our priorities for the year. It will be no surprise to any of you that there is a long list of issues to address, and our Welfare Fund and its diverse services are high on that list. You will see in this month’s Police News how the Welfare Fund has grown from small beginnings to standing at the helm of our vision to be the trusted guardian of the wellbeing of the police family. Providing such a successful suite of products and services does not come without challenges. The sweet spot sits at the point of balancing the best services possible while remaining competitive, so, logically, the higher the level of member buy-in on products and services, the more successful the fund is, and the bigger the kitty is for member welfare. A good example of how we are reviewing our services is the recent variation in Holiday Home pricing to assist in the long-term financial viability of the portfolio, together with new booking rules to ensure the best level of services for all members. Our Health Plan, unique in that every dollar paid in premiums is paid out in claims, remains highly competitive across all price points. We know older and retired members are feeling the burden of age-related premiums, so we will at least explore increasing options around surgery excesses that might assist. We have invested in an improved fire and general insurance system that will hopefully encourage more members to sign up for this product. Unlike our Health Plan, fire and general has to make a profit which is returned to members through welfare grants, the purchase and upkeep of Holiday Homes and other welfare benefits for this and future generations. I am very happy to say that our new website will be open for business next month. It will be contemporary in both look and function. That means it will be user-friendly for you to access all the products and services you so faithfully support and deservedly benefit from. Chris Cahill President's Columns Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:17:00 +1200 Police association front page news Storage Wars https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/storage-wars An epic cataloguing project by the New Zealand Police Museum is causing a few headaches – both inside and outside the organisation. Ellen Brook reports. Jessica Aitken, curator collections, is the museum’s sole staff member dedicated to cataloguing the off-site items. Photos ELLEN BROOK It’s not quite on the scale of the warehouse in the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the New Zealand Police Museum is still facing an archival task of grand proportions. While much of the 100,000-artefact collection is housed at the museum, the majority of it remains off site, waiting to be correctly processed. The actual figure is unknown, and will remain so until it is all catalogued. With only one staff member dedicated to the job, and little more than one carton a month able to be completed, it’s no exaggeration to say it could be a career for life. The pace of the work is, of necessity, slow. It’s a meticulous process, which includes each box of material spending a week in a deep freeze at -22C to kill bugs and bacteria before the contents can be sorted and catalogued in acid-free boxes. At the current rate, it could take up to 50 years for all the items to be correctly archived, not to mention all the additional material that arrives at the museum each year. The job was always a task in waiting – an accumulation of material, some of it dating back to the early 19th century – but it wasn’t until 2014, when the collections were taken off site while the museum’s storage areas were redeveloped, that the challenges of updating the archive using modern storage techniques became fully apparent. Some of the archives are still on the Police College grounds and the rest are at another location in Porirua. Museum director Rowan Carroll (pictured above), who took over the role in 2011, says that if the museum had had professional museum staff dealing with the collection from the beginning “we would never have been in this situation”. However, as with any small museum, adequate resourcing is an inevitable issue. Rowan operates with 3.4 fulltime staff, only one of whom is dedicated to the cataloguing. The others work front of house and on developing visitor programmes for the museum, which is open seven days a week. Up to 20,000 people visit annually and 10,000 of those are schoolchildren taking part in organised activities. The museum also deals with up to 600 inquiries each year. About half are from Police and many others are personal, relating to family histories. Rowan says the team members do their best to respond within two days. Last year, former police officer Bob Silk contacted the museum to request a copy of the 1976 Police inquiry report, “To the policing of the Immigration Act at Auckland, Operation Overstayer”, which he had prepared with Chief Superintendent W R Fleming. The original report is apparently no longer in existence and Bob had given his copy to the museum several years ago. He wanted to refer to it for a writing project, but, alas, it had not been catalogued and could not easily be found in the off-site boxes. Although Rowan was able to provide him with other, related material, Bob was extremely disappointed. “For decades, serving and former members and their families have donated items of historical significance to the museum, believing they would be stored in the manner and climatic conditions necessary for their long-term preservation,” he said. ”What will be the condition of the exhibits now in limbo and inaccessible in 20 years’ time?” Bob wrote to the Police Commissioner. The response from Jane Archibald, the acting deputy chief executive public affairs, touched on the issue of the return and cataloguing of off-site items, describing it as a “long-term” and “comprehensive” job. While apologising to Bob for not being able to find his documents, Ms Archibald said: “We could always do more with more, but… there are many priorities within New Zealand Police and we must balance those priorities in line with community expectations.” It wasn’t the response Bob had hoped for – he feels the archives in the museum should have a much higher priority with Police – but it does highlight the slightly unusual position the museum holds within the organisation. As Rowan explains, there are very few police museums in the world that are 100 per cent funded by a police body, as is the case in New Zealand. Many rely instead on trusts or volunteer support because, as important as the preservation of policing history is, it is not a core business for Police and will always rank lower in any budget considerations. On that basis alone, Rowan says, “we are very lucky to have the museum we have”. She also feels terrible that she wasn’t able to meet Bob’s request, but, as it stands, she says, there is simply nothing more she can do. Unfortunately, getting in volunteers to help with the cataloguing project is not an option – it’s definitely a job for experts, and Rowan gets involved too, working on all the high-risk forensic cases with sensitive content. The labels on the boxes that have made it through the intricacies of the cataloguing process are tantalising – “Goldie Fraud”, “Peter Plumley Walker”, “Porn” ,“McFadgen and Burdett Homicides”, to name a few. Objects inside the boxes are secured in an inert foam nest. One wall of the storage room features a line-up of weapons (excluding firearms, which are stored separately) used to kill and maim, every one with a story, from a utilitarian shovel to swords and a homemade “taser”, complete with a three-pronged plug. A wall of weapons, including a homemade "taser", each one used in the commission of a crime. Unlike other museums, where objects might be “cleaned up” for display, at the Police Museum, everything remains – bloodstains and all. This isn’t just police history, Rowan says, this is New Zealand’s history. “It’s significant for the whole country.” While she acknowledges that the museum is unlikely to achieve all its goals under the current model – “the magnitude of the job is huge and at the core is the issue of capacity” – there is cause for optimism and celebration. All “collections of significance” have been sorted and are safely stored. That includes the firearms collection (in purpose-built armoury cabinets), the criminal evidence collection and medals. Paper documents and other items come next, including the technology collection (eg, radios and other police equipment) and uniforms. Part of the evidence collection stored in inert foam nests in acid-free boxes. By far the most important work done by the museum in recent years has been the repatriation of its collection of human remains (used to help train investigators) for return and burial, where possible, to families. The New Zealand Police Museum was the first in the world to undertake that process (over two years from 2016 to 2018), and in December, Rowan attended an International Police Museum conference in Brisbane where she gave the keynote speech on the topic. She is also advising Archives NZ and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage on the subject. The human remains collection dated back to the museum’s origins in 1908, when it was set up as a teaching museum, and had been in storage since the 1990s. The Police Museum staff have been busy researching and preparing material for an exhibition this year marking the 40th anniversary of the Erebus disaster. Also coming up will be an exhibition related to the work of the Police adult sexual assault and family harm teams, and a display examining the relationship between Police and Tuhoe. It’s all part of honouring New Zealand’s policing history – one box at a time. Featured Articles Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:32:47 +1200 Police association front page news Police Sports Awards - Nominations Now Open https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/events/police-sports-awards-nominations-now-open Nominations are now open for the 2018 Police Association Police Sports Awards. Last year, dozens of our sportsmen and women represented New Zealand and it’s time to acknowledge their achievements with the New Zealand Police Association Police Sports Awards for 2018. The awards acknowledge Police sportspeople performing at the highest level, as well as the hard work of officials and administrators. Award categories The award categories are: NZPA Sportsperson of the Year NZPA Sports Administrator of the Year NZPA Sports Official of the Year NZPA Team of the Year Nominations For a nomination form, email Dave Gallagher at info@policesport.org.nz Nominations close on Monday 25 February. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:58:57 +1200 Police association front page news If the solution to police pursuits was simple, we'd have found it long ago https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/if-solution-police-pursuits-was-simple-wed-have-found-it-long-ago If the solution was simple, we'd have found it long ago - Police Association President Chris Cahill says that the question of whether police should pursue fleeing drivers is far from simple. Recent Media Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:11:39 +1200 Police association front page news Police had no choice over Chch pursuit https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/police-had-no-choice-over-chch-pursuit Police had no choice over Chch pursuit - Chris Cahill told Newstalk ZB that the tragedy highlights the difficult situations that police are put in. Recent Media Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:31:44 +1200 Police association front page news IPCA police pursuits report 'no silver bullet' https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/ipca-police-pursuits-report-no-silver-bullet IPCA police pursuits report 'no silver bullet' - Police decisions to pursue are complicated and made quickly under pressure, and an upcoming report is not likely to solve the problem, Police Association President Chris Cahill says. Recent Media Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:10:12 +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