President's Column

Each month, Police Association President Greg O'Connor writes a column on a topical issue in policing.  This column is published both in Police News, and on this website.

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President's Column: Resilience matters

NZPA | Sun October 1st, 2017

In late August, I had the pleasure of attending the Police Sport Winter Games, sponsored by the Association, in Rotorua. It was a great occasion with more 600 competitors taking part in a variety of sports. 

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President's column: Election fever

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Fri September 1st, 2017

We are only a couple of weeks from the 2017 election and it is game on. It would be difficult to overstate how interesting it all became just a few weeks ago – particularly when three party leaders resigned in a two-week period.

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President's Column: Increasing member involvement

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Tue August 1st, 2017

In June, I had the pleasure of travelling the country to attend as many committee AGMs as I could – getting to 31 in total. 

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President's Column: Waking up New Zealand to illegal firearms

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sat July 1st, 2017

I spent most of June at Association committee AGMs throughout the country, hearing from members about the pressures of life at the coalface and answering questions about what we can do to improve your working conditions.

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President's Column: Police Week in Washington

NZPA-Chris Cahill | Thu June 1st, 2017

Last month I had the privilege  of attending National Police Week, in Washington DC, which this year coincided with the ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations) executive meeting.

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President's Column: Tackling PTSI

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Mon May 1st, 2017

As first responders, many of our members are regularly exposed to events which can trigger mental health and wellbeing risks. 

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President's Column: Firearms are a deadly serious matter

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sun April 2nd, 2017

I am a late and somewhat reluctant user of social media, but that hasn’t protected me from the darker side of the online world.

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President's Column: A positive start to the year

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Wed March 1st, 2017

It is the nature of the political beast that any major announcement a government makes in election year is slapped down as an “election bribe”.

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President's Column: The need for more police

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Wed February 1st, 2017

Without a doubt, the big issues we carry into 2017 are the need for more police and the cumulative stress driven by persistent staff shortages.

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President's Column: Evaluating success

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu December 1st, 2016

In the lead-up to my election as Association President, and in the few weeks since, I have been asked by various media how I will evaluate success in this job.

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President's Column: Acknowledging the significance of the role

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Tue November 1st, 2016

Preparing to write my first column as your new President, I knew I must acknowledge the significance of the role as well as the professional and personal challenges it will bring in the next three years. 

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President's Column: Thank you

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Sat October 1st, 2016

In this last column I want to thank you all, current and past members, for the opportunity you have given me over the past 21 years to represent you.

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President's Column: New troops can't arrive soon enough

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Thu September 1st, 2016

A good thing happened last month: politicians on both sides agreed that police numbers need to be increased.

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President's Column: Politicians feeding off a climate of fear

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon August 1st, 2016

The world is watching the American presidential election with fascination and trepidation. 

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President's Column: The growth of organised crime

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri July 1st, 2016

Sometimes, one event will bring to public attention a slow-burning issue that those directly involved with can clearly see, but which is not obvious to the general population.

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President's Column: When context is lacking

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Wed June 1st, 2016

We live in a world where the tasks and activities necessary to achieve goals are narrowly defined, broken down into their component parts – it’s called specialisation, and it makes sense.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 3 May 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Tue May 3rd, 2016

I am writing from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where I travelled after attending the ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations) conference next door in Spain. 

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President's Column: A new approach to organised crime

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Sun May 1st, 2016

I have written about gangs and organised crime a few times over the years.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 11 April 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon April 11th, 2016

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President's Weekly Round-up: 1 April 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri April 1st, 2016

You may have noticed that we have been drawn into the issue of cannabis liberalisation. 

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President's Column: Firearms inquiry significant

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri April 1st, 2016

Achieving cross-party political consensus is never easy, so the announcement that the Police Minister, the Labour police spokesperson Stuart Nash and the Greens agree that we need the inquiry the Association has been calling for, into the proliferation of firearms in the hands of criminals, was significant.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 11 March 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri March 11th, 2016

It’s been a week that has reminded us about the realities of our industry – four members shot in one incident, fortunately not fatally but with injuries that will be part of their lives for some time, and physical scars that will last forever. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 4 March 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri March 4th, 2016

Excellent news that the officers involved in the Myers Park shooting last year will not face charges.  

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President's Weekly Round-up: 26 February 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri February 26th, 2016

The five-year anniversary of the February 22 Christchurch earthquake has resonated in stations around the country, especially Christchurch, of course. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 5 February 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri February 5th, 2016

One of our members in Counties Manukau was shot at in his vehicle about six times on two separate occasions during a pursuit.  

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President's Column: Police are reflective of their country

NZPA | Mon February 1st, 2016

Police are reflective of their country, and my international experience convinces me that we are one of the most effective and efficient police forces in world, a boast many of our institutions can make.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 29 January 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri January 29th, 2016

I’m back in the office after a great break, which, because of lousy weather, was easy on the fish but hard on the books.

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President's Column: A response to terrorism

Vol. 48, No. 11 | NZPA | Tue December 1st, 2015

Last month, 130 people were murdered by bombs and bullets in Paris. No doubt there were many other murders in Paris during that month, as there would have been in every other city in the world.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 6 November 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri November 6th, 2015

Phew! Got all those demons off our back: won the World Cup away; won back to back; and killed the choker tag.

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President's Column: An instant political fix

Vol. 48, No. 10 | NZPA | Sun November 1st, 2015

It is amazing to see how something that is one day not a problem can 24 hours later be a significant issue that requires an instant political fix.

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