President's Column

President's Column - Police as 'tall poppies'

Vol 43, No.10 | NZPA | Mon November 1st, 2010

Being a fairly modest bunch as police officers, we have never really felt vulnerable to “tall poppy’ syndrome.

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President's Column - Christchurch quake response provides valuable lessons for another issue

NZPA Police News | Fri October 1st, 2010

“The strategy has got to be to make sure offenders know it’s not worth it to have a go, not to make police tentative in enforcing the law and in doing so, making the roads more dangerous.”

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President's Column - Theft of the frontline

NZPA Police News | Wed September 1st, 2010

“The real problem is that none of it results in better service to the public, because any advantages are quickly negated by the theft of policing time.”

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President's Column - Arming issue up for debate

NZPA Police News | Sun August 1st, 2010

“Our Australian colleagues are shaking their heads in disbelief that there is even a discussion on arming over here.”

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President's Column - The ability to respond quickly is imperative

NZPA Police News | Thu July 1st, 2010

"We should use the best ideas from wherever they are developed, but it's extremely important to understand the context."

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President's Column - Getting Mr Big

NZPA Police News | Tue June 1st, 2010

"Notwithstanding that some aspects of the pursuit did breach policy, the criticism of the officers for ‘beginning’ the pursuit of a speeding driver, in the first place, is the sort of thing that leaves frontliners shaking their heads."

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President's Column - More Assaults on Police

NZPA Police News | Sat May 1st, 2010

“I predict now that officers and members of the public will die because police officers will be unable to respond to an armed offender due to the unavailability of a firearm.”

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President's Column - The insidious creep of corruption

NZPA Police News | Fri April 2nd, 2010

“Favours accepted, coupled with inappropriate associations, a belief you are worth more than you are getting and that no one seems to care about a particular problem, and you have the ingredients for corruption.”

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President's Column - Assaults on Police

NZPA Police News | Tue March 2nd, 2010

"It is obvious that the authorities’ and media’s reaction to the deaths following failure to stop incidents contributes significantly to the increased tendency for criminals to ‘have a go’ at police when confronted."

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President's Column - It's all about balance

NZPA Police News | Tue February 2nd, 2010


“While there are some disadvantages to having all sworn police enter the organisation at the same level, it does ensure that despite the size of the organisation, there exists a consistency of understanding of what ‘business as usual’ means.”

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President's Column - Christmas reflections

NZPA Police News | Wed December 2nd, 2009


“That’s often, though not always, a good time to reflect that it’s a privilege to have a good stable home life and that whatever else is happening in our world, the focus should be on working to keep that intact.”

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President's Column - Drugs and organised crime major issues for future

NZPA Police News | Mon November 2nd, 2009

“We are confident now in our members’ ability to predict emerging problems within Police.  The results of last year’s members’ survey clearly showed that drugs and organised crime are major issues for the future.”

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President's Column - Police budget cuts

NZPA Police News | Fri October 2nd, 2009

“The looming cuts to the budget are causing consternation to police at every level. They areworried that the level of response, mostly to victims and complainants, will be reduced.”

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President's Column - Firearms training cuts

NZPA Police News | Tue September 1st, 2009
"In this month’s Police News, there are some interesting stories of overseas police shootings similar to what we have experienced in New Zealand in the last year."

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President's Column - The arming issue

NZPA Police News | Sat August 1st, 2009
“The Norwegians reached their compromise of having every patrol car equipped with firearms in safes beside the driver after considerable debate. This was after just one officer was killed when police were outgunned during a robbery.”

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President's Column - Being in Police means learning to ride emotional roller coasters

NZPA Police News | Wed July 1st, 2009

“We will still gather evidence and arrest criminals. We will still do our best to deliver justice to those who seek redress from their assailants, their thieves, and their bullies.”

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President's Column - Slaying of Senior Constable Len Snee

NZPA Police News | Mon June 1st, 2009
“I reflect on the words of one officer I spoke to following the funeral. He said he was bloody angry because Len was dead and he knows nothing will change.”

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President's Column - Trained for the job at hand

NZPA Police News | Fri May 1st, 2009
“The point I make is while commonsense would dictate some groups need more training than others, we all owe it to ourselves and others, including colleagues and those who place expectations on us because we are police officers, to be able to intervene when required.”

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President's Column - 'Only the good die young,' the saying goes

NZPA Police News | Thu April 30th, 2009
“We have a lot of very fine people in Police whose contribution to their fellow citizens goes way beyond their job description.”

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President's Column - When leadership is needed

NZPA Police News | Tue March 31st, 2009
“This is allowed for in the new Policing Act, where the Governor-General (on the recommendation of the Prime Minister) can appoint the Acting Commissioner – over-riding the default situation where the longest serving Deputy is automatically Acting Commissioner. This must become the future standard when the Commissioner is absent.”

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President's Column - Once again, it's going to be damned interesting year in policing

NZPA Police News | Sun February 1st, 2009
“The current Police administration is far less inclined than the previous one to act on criticisms as if they were all true. This hopefully means that there is a greater confidence that we generally are in the right. We hope that attitude continues.”

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