"In The Firing Line" - NZ Police Association Conference 21-23 Oct

NZPA | Mon October 19th, 2015

The Police Association holds its 80th annual conference this week, from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 October, at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, The Terrace, Wellington.

The theme of this year’s conference is “In the Firing Line”.  It reflects the position our members are increasingly finding themselves in and the number of firearms they are encountering. Members are telling us there is a problem with criminals getting guns in New Zealand, and the conference will explore the reasons why that is the case. As part of this Jarrod Gilbert will also discuss the gang situation.

The conference will be attended by delegates from around the country and international guests representing Australian and South African police associations.

The Minister of Police, Hon Michael Woodhouse will open the conference on Wednesday morning.

The New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award presentation will take place on Wednesday afternoon. The award, introduced in 2010 to honour only the most extraordinary feats of police bravery, is unique in that it represents recognition of an act of outstanding bravery by an officer’s own peers. Details of the presentation will be released under embargo prior to the event.

Sessions on police in the firing line and body-worn cameras will take place on the Thursday, along with an address by Labour Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

Media representatives are invited to attend the following sessions.


10:00am – 10:55am    Wednesday 21 October

Conference opening – Hon Michael Woodhouse, Minister of Police

The Minister of Police will deliver an opening address, following welcome and introductory comments from Police Association President Greg O’Connor.


3:30pm – 4:30pm        Wednesday 21 October

New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards Presentation

Details will be released under embargo on Tuesday afternoon.


9:00am – 10:30am      Thursday 22 October

In the Firing Line

Speakers will discuss the risks to police from criminals with firearms:

  • Sociologist Jarrod Gilbert will give an insight into gangs in New Zealand
  • Waikato University Professor Alexander Gillespie will speak about arming
  • CPTED Consultant Frank Stoks will talk about police station front counter security


11:00am – 11:50am    Thursday 22 October

Body Worn Cameras

Speakers will discuss the considerations that surround implementation of body-worn cameras for police:

  • Lawyer Katrine Evans
  • Corrections Association President Alan Whitley
  • Representative from NZ Police 


11.50am – 12:00pm    Thursday 22 October

Cyril Naylor, centenarian and past Association President

Cyril Naylor was president of the New Zealand Police Association from 1956 to 1959 and recently turned 100 years old.


4:00pm – 4:30pm        Thursday 22 October

Kelvin Davis MP

Labour spokesperson for Police, Kelvin Davis, will speak about law and order issues.


All sessions will be held in Chancellor 1, 16th floor, James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, The Terrace, Wellington.

Media wishing to attend any or all of these sessions should RSVP to heather.mcdonald@policeassn.org.nz by Tuesday 20 October, and must make themselves known to Police Association staff on arrival at the event.  Other than the sessions outlined above, conference attendance is restricted to delegates and invited guests only.

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