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Firearms related offences against police officers

NZPA | Thu June 2nd, 2016

Recently released Police numbers on officers threatened with a firearm at odds with Association member survey results.

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Police Association: Status quo budget for police

NZPA | Thu May 26th, 2016

“The 2016/17 budget is an acknowledgment that the police operational budget cannot continue to absorb inflation costs as well as natural wage increases,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Hamilton incident highlights need for careful design to keep staff safe in stations

NZPA | Tue May 10th, 2016

“Every police member will feel for the seriously assaulted officer and his family after the incident at Hamilton Central Station on Sunday; police station public area safety has been a key focus for the Association for some time,” Police Association Vice-President Craig Tickelpenny said today.

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Drug law investigation needed

Thu March 31st, 2016

Police Association President Greg O’Connor has been quoted in various publications today as advocating for the liberalisation of cannabis laws. That is not correct.

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Association pleased officers’ concerns recognised by firearms inquiry

NZPA | Wed March 16th, 2016

“The Police Association welcomes the decision by the Law and Order Select Committee to inquire into why criminals are accessing firearms so easily,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association welcomes calls for firearms inquiry

NZPA | Fri March 11th, 2016

“If any good can be said to have come from the Kawerau shooting of four police officers, it is that the public of New Zealand and, more importantly, the politicians are becoming aware of the extent of the firearms situation in our country,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Focus on gangs is timely

NZPA | Wed March 2nd, 2016

“This week’s announcement and subsequent publicity around establishing a co-ordinated gang intelligence centre ensures that criminal gangs and their activities remain topical,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Why are criminals so heavily armed?

NZPA | Wed February 3rd, 2016

“While it is tempting to focus solely on the safety implications for police officers and the public following instances of criminals using firearms against Police, it is important to broaden the discussion to why so many criminals are now armed, and why firearms are so prevalent among those who should never have them,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Lessons in Wishart retraction

NZPA | Fri January 29th, 2016

“The essence of detective work is to never allow the evidence to fit the theory of what occurred. Every new piece of evidence should be interrogated and its impact on the reconstruction of the crime evaluated,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today. 

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Police Association welcomes Collins appointment

NZPA | Tue December 8th, 2015

Police officers will be welcoming the news that Judith Collins will return as Police Minister, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Two Police Officers Honoured with Bravery Awards

NZPA | Wed October 21st, 2015

The outstanding bravery of Senior Constable Adrian Oldham and Constable Ben Turner will be honoured today with a New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award.

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"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 21-23 October in Wellington.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Mon September 28th, 2015

This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect.  

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Frontline police confronted once again

NZPA | Tue September 8th, 2015

“For the fifth time in a month, frontline response police officers have had to deal with armed and clearly dangerous offenders,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Relief for Police families following capture

NZPA | Thu August 20th, 2015

"It is not only the police officers involved in the operation to capture Dolphy Kohu who are relieved, but also the families of those officers," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Police confronted by armed offenders for the third time in nine days

NZPA | Thu August 20th, 2015

“Police officers carrying out routine duties have been confronted by armed offenders three times in the last nine days,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Palmerston North shooting a wake-up call

NZPA | Tue August 11th, 2015

The events in Palmerston North last night should serve as a warning to police and all other frontline agencies, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Assn supports officers involved in police shooting

NZPA | Mon August 3rd, 2015

“The Police Association is fully supporting the officers involved in last night’s shooting in Auckland,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Taser decision good for public and police safety

NZPA | Fri July 31st, 2015

Arming all frontline police officers with Tasers will improve safety for police officers and the public, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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All police officers should carry Tasers

NZPA | Wed July 15th, 2015

It is unacceptable that any officer, let alone a sole officer, should be expected to patrol without having a Taser readily available, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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World Champion Surf Skier named Sportsperson of the Year

NZPA | Tue June 23rd, 2015

Ranked first in the world after riding a wave of successes on the international surf ski scene, Constable Rachel Clarke is the recipient of the NZ Police Association Sportsperson of the Year award for 2014. 

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Poor communication should not derail innovation

NZPA | Wed June 17th, 2015

“Police Administration deserves credit for looking for innovative ways to prevent offenders from entering into a system they can’t extract themselves from, although the execution in this case, by way of a poorly worded memo, has let them down,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Government just scraping by on Police budgets

NZPA | Thu May 21st, 2015

Police budgets have been frozen for five years and today’s Budget announcement doesn’t come close to undoing the damage those freezes have done, New Zealand Police Association Vice President Luke Shadbolt said.

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Weekend road toll commentators should know the science

NZPA | Mon May 11th, 2015

“Commentators on the rising road toll should check out the science into traffic crashes,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association welcomes guilty verdict

NZPA | Wed April 1st, 2015

“The New Zealand Police Association welcomes the Lundy guilty verdict on behalf of the police teams involved in both the investigations and trials,” Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Resourcing issues brushed over in ‘Roastbusters’ case

NZPA | Thu March 19th, 2015

“It is too easy to lay blame at the feet of low ranking officers, while at the same time ignoring the systemic issues of lack of resourcing and poor command structures,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Wait for full facts

NZPA | Fri March 13th, 2015

“Any speculation around the cause of death of a Hawke’s Bay man would be unhelpful,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Firearms threat to police from another routine call

NZPA | Mon March 9th, 2015

“The two Waikato police officers confronted by an armed offender are to be commended for their courage,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Second assault within hours prompts repeat call for Tasers on belts

NZPA | Tue March 3rd, 2015

Police Association President Greg O’Connor has repeated the call for the routine wearing of Tasers after a second police officer was viciously attacked within hours of the first.

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Association calls for Police Officers to routinely have Tasers on their belts

NZPA | Mon March 2nd, 2015

“The time has come for Police Officers to be equipped with Tasers on their belt when they are attending calls for service, as the seemingly weekly serious attacks on Police Officers continue with today’s attack on a Police officer at the Foxton WINZ office,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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