President's Weekly Round-up: 27 October 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Tue October 27th, 2015

I’m back in the office after an eventful Police Association Conference in Wellington. And it was demonstrably successful. You have seen my blogs and media about the ridiculous ease of buying firearms over the internet.

Well, TV3 and Heather du Plessis-Allan heard me, decided to pick up the cudgels and ordered a firearm, using false details. As you will have seen, it was delivered and, as a result, Police have now clamped down on online sales. Potential buyers now must have their form signed and mailed to dealers by Police. Our apologies to the arms officers, who will be inundated with requests, and will be ill-equipped to deal with them.

That is just one thing in the Arms Act that needs fixing, but, for now at least, it might just make the firearms traders a bit more vigilant. The important thing is that we are not about curtailing legitimate owners, but the system has a lot of holes in it.

You will see a full summary of Conference in Police News, due out next week.

I also announced to Conference that I would not be contesting the presidency next year, so that means just one more year in the job. I had promised during the presidential election in 2013 that this would be my last term and I intend to keep my word. I will have been 21 years in the job by then, and it is time for a change from both a personal point of view and organisationally. As last week showed, we have great credibility as an organisation and it is best to change while we are still on the improve. That way my successor will be able to continue the momentum.

I have no plans beyond next year but will be thankful if I can find something half as interesting as this job.

Have a good week.

Greg O'Connor

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