President's Column

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 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: 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 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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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. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 9 October 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri October 9th, 2015

I hope the longer days and burst of vitamin D which comes with spring is giving you all a boost. 

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President's Column: It's time to rebalance our universe

Vol. 48, No. 9 | NZPA | Thu October 1st, 2015

The universe is balanced. Everything reverts to the average. What goes around comes around.

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President's Column: A spate of firearms incidents

Vol. 48, No. 8 | NZPA | Tue September 1st, 2015

And then there were four! In a nine-day period last month, we had three serious armed incidents reported where we were either shot at or had to shoot armed offenders.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 21 August 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri August 21st, 2015

With two firearms incidents where offenders confronted police and before that a shotgun attack on two police stations, it’s been another noteworthy few weeks on the frontline. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 3 August 2015

NZPA | Fri August 7th, 2015

This last week was a unique and successful one for the Association. 

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President's Column: Gang intimidation

Vol. 48, No. 7 | NZPA | Sat August 1st, 2015

As I write, Corrections Department managers are squirming under the pressure of questions over gang-controlled fight clubs at Mt Eden prison and the unexplained death of a prisoner who was transferred from there.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 27 July

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon July 27th, 2015

Corrections boss Ray Smith may have some explaining to do.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 20 July

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon July 20th, 2015

Sometimes a police incident involving attacks on our members attracts the attention, sympathy, and even outrage of the public.  One such case occurred last week.

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President's Column: Judging from the grandstands

Vol. 48, No. 6 | NZPA | Wed July 1st, 2015

Those who get pleasure watching police get a proverbial clip around the ears would have enjoyed their grandstand seats over the past couple of weeks.

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President's Column: The 'tough on crime' debate

Vol. 48, No. 5 | NZPA | Mon June 1st, 2015

Police officer shootings and beatings of black suspects in the United States have become a topic of outrage and discussion around the world. 

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President's Column: How policy affects policing

Vol. 48, No. 4 | NZPA | Fri May 1st, 2015

Police officers often have little understanding or regard for policy and those who develop it, but they are very quickly affected by strategies that are introduced and implemented without good policy research.

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President's Column: Playing a long game

Vol. 48, No. 3 | NZPA | Wed April 1st, 2015

We walk a fine line here at the Association. Maintaining our credibility as well-informed commentators on law and order issues is essential. 

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President's Column: A dumping ground for others' problems

Vol. 48, No. 2 | NZPA | Sun March 1st, 2015

If you ever wanted evidence of how Police end up as the dumping ground for everyone else’s problems, just look at what is happening with the remand prisoner issue in Auckland and surrounding districts.

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President's Column: Threats to officers

Vol. 48, No. 1 | NZPA | Sun February 1st, 2015

We are now well into a new year that promises plenty of action.

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President's Column: Another year comes to an end

Vol. 47, No. 11 | NZPA | Mon December 1st, 2014

Another year comes to an end, and it’s a good time to reflect on the policing year.

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President's Column: Hot topics in the media

Vol. 47, No. 10 | NZPA | Mon November 10th, 2014

Often during our conference the media cotton on to one issue, and this year the commentary became about arming of police, even though the only agenda item to do with arming was about the unavailability of weapons in stations.

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