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Police Incensed By Supreme Court Decision

NZPA | Fri May 4th, 2007
"Police Officers around NZ are incensed at the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the appeal of a man convicted of disorderly behaviour for harassing a Police Officer," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Frontline Police Welcome The Clarity On Discretion Around Smacking

NZPA | Wed May 2nd, 2007
"Police Officers feared that the repeal of Section 59 would leave them with no ability to use discretion when a smacking complaint was received," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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The Public Will Be Reassured By Reading The Commission Of Inquiry Report

NZPA | Tue April 3rd, 2007
The publication of the Commission Of Inquiry Report is extremely timely and should reassure New Zealanders that, while some individuals have indulged in inappropriate and illegal behaviour in the past, the NZ Police of today is focused on ensuring exemplary standards of behaviour are maintained,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Supports Mokau Police Officer Charged With Drink Driving

NZPA | Wed August 2nd, 2006
“The Police Association will be supporting Officer Erwood who is facing drink driving charges after responding to a fatal accident in Mokau, State Highway 3 on July 9. This support includes legal representation,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Uncomfortable With Reduction In Recruiting Standards

NZPA | Fri June 30th, 2006
"Police Officers are uncomfortable with the reduction in recruiting standards announced by Police today," NZ Police Association President, Mr O'Connor said today.

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Increased Funding A Welcome Necessity

NZPA | Tue May 16th, 2006
“The Police Association has been emphasising for some time that more frontline and investigative officers are needed to reverse increasing crime rates, in particular violent crime”, Police Association Vice-President Richard Middleton said today.

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New Commissioner’s Team Looks Vibrant

NZPA | Tue April 4th, 2006
The Police Association welcomes the appointment of Howard Broad to the job of Commissioner of Police, President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Busted Black Power Crime Ring Should Be A Warning To The Extent Of Criminal Offending

NZPA | Thu March 16th, 2006
"The Association congratulates South Auckland Police on the hard work that resulted in the bust of an organised crime ring run by the Black Power gang yesterday. It exposes the extent of offending and the amount of money these organised crime groups are making from preying on the more vulnerable," said Greg O'Connor, President of the NZ Police Association today.

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Police Amendment Bill Withdrawal & Act Re-Write Commonsense

NZPA | Tue March 7th, 2006
"The Police Association has welcomed the announcement from the Minister of Police today that the Police Amendment Bill 2001 will be withdrawn and a complete re-write of the Police Act will take place," Police Association President, Greg O'Connor said today.

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1000 Extra Police All Sworn - A Great Message For Frontline Police Feeling The Pressure Over Christmas

NZPA | Thu December 8th, 2005
"Police everywhere in NZ will be buoyed by the Government’s clear commitment today to 1000 sworn Police officers plus the very necessary additional support staff they will need to do their job. It’s a reassuring Christmas message for frontline police feeling the pressure over Christmas, that significant help is on the way," NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Encouraged By Appointment Of High-Ranking Cabinet Minister and Proven Performer To Minister Of Police

NZPA | Wed October 19th, 2005
The Police Association is encouraged by the appointment of Hon Annette King, a high ranking Cabinet Minister and proven performer, as Minister of Police, NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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More Police Welcomed With Expectation All Will Be Sworn Police Destined For Frontline

NZPA | Wed October 19th, 2005
"The Police Association congratulates the efforts of NZ First and welcomes the new Government’s commitment to provide another 1000 Police staff over the next 3 budget years, with the expectation that those promised will be sworn police officers destined for the frontline," NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Judge's Criticisms Of Counties Manukau Police Unjustified

NZPA | Mon October 10th, 2005
"The damage done to the reputation of Counties Manukau Police by Judge Davidson’s comment about a widespread sick culture, is only partly undone by today’s report," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Hawkins Did His Best For Police

NZPA | Tue October 4th, 2005
"The out-going Police Minister battled hard for police," Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Public Think Crime And Violence One Of The Top Four Most Important Problems Facing The Country Today

NZPA | Thu August 25th, 2005
"The Police have done well with the stretched resources they have and where they have focussed those resources, the crime statistics look pleasing," said Greg O’Connor, NZ Police Association President. "However, we know that New Zealanders think crime and violence is one of the top four most important problems facing the country today and that’s what really counts."

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Good Cops Doing What They Believed Was Their Job In Motorcade

NZPA | Fri August 19th, 2005
"The two police officers in the Motorcade who were convicted are good cops who were doing their absolute best to perform their duty," NZ Police Association President, Mr O'Connor said today.

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Labour’s Acknowledgement Of Frontline Shortages Apparent

NZPA | Thu August 11th, 2005
“The Police Association sees Labour’s promise to provide 250 Community Police as a welcome acknowledgement that New Zealand is currently under policed,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Recruitment Problems First Raised By Police

NZPA | Fri August 5th, 2005
“Problems with Police recruitment were first raised by Police themselves publicly last week and what was raised seems to be confirmed by the information we have received ourselves,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Police Minister Poorly Advised Over Police Recruitment And Retention Issues

NZPA | Fri August 5th, 2005
“It’s a shame the Police Minister has attacked the Police Association as the ones raising the recruiting and retention issue, when in reality it was Police themselves who brought the issue to the public,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Budget Leaves 45 Police Areas Scrapping Over Only 8 More Frontline Response Cars To Answer Calls

NZPA | Thu May 19th, 2005
"Police districts and Area Commanders, struggling to put frontline response cars on the road to answer the public’s calls, will receive little relief from today’s budget," NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said today.

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Communications Centres Report Manna From Heaven For Comms Centre Staff

NZPA | Wed May 11th, 2005
"The longstanding concerns over lack of staffing and resourcing in Police Communications Centres articulated by the Association on behalf of staff, have finally been recognised and staff look forward to the implementation of the recommendations made in the Independent External Review of Communications Centres released today," Police Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Absolutely Rejects Idea That Behaviour In Solomona Case Widespread In NZ Police

NZPA | Thu March 3rd, 2005
“The Police Association absolutely rejects the idea that the sort of behaviour evident in the Solomona case was widespread in NZ Police,” said Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

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Crime Reduction Means Police Can Make A Difference

NZPA | Wed March 2nd, 2005
“The areas of crime investigation that police have focused on have brought about the greatest reduction in crime,” NZ Police Association President, Mr O’Connor said.

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Police 111 Call Findings Shows Clear Need For More Frontline Police And Resources

NZPA | Tue March 1st, 2005
“These results show that in most cases Comms Centre Staff have managed to carry out their job and follow Police protocol in their current pressure-cooker environment, however it is unsettling to see one of the factors in the complaint findings was lack of available Police to attend the calls. There is a clear need for more frontline police and a focus on adequate resources for that area,” Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Congratulates The Nurses But Cautions Over Drawing Comparisons

NZPA | Wed February 23rd, 2005
“The Police Association congratulates the nurses that are finally beginning to be valued for the job they do,” Police Association Advocate, Greg Fleming said today.

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Slower Response Times For Priority One Calls Shows Clear Need For More Frontline Police And Focus On Adequate Resources

NZPA | Fri January 14th, 2005
“The slower response times for Priority One calls shows a clear need for more frontline police and a focus on adequate resources for that area,” Association Vice-President, Richard Middleton said today.

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Police Association Disappointed With Prime Minister’s Comments On Lack Of Police Comms Centre Submission

NZPA | Wed December 15th, 2004
“An extension on our submission on the review of Police Comms Centres was applied for and granted by the Secretariat of the Review Committee earlier last week, well before the official deadline,” Association President, Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Supports Officers Involved In Prime Minister’s Speeding Motorcade

NZPA | Fri November 12th, 2004
"The officers involved in the Prime Minister’s motorcade are good cops that were simply doing what they thought was required of them," Association Vice-President, Geoff Smith said today.

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Review Of Police Communication Centres Welcomed But Some Caution Needed

NZPA | Thu October 28th, 2004
"The Police Association fully supports the review into Police Communication Centres announced today and wish to actively participate in it," Police Association President Mr Greg O'Connor said.

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Turn The Perception Of NZ As A Safe, Secure Destination Into A Reality

NZPA | Thu August 26th, 2004
“Again the crime stats show New Zealanders what we can achieve by continuing to bring Police staffing levels up to strength,” Police Association President, Greg O’Connor, said today.

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