Recent Media

Here is recent media from other sources, that members may find of interest.

Is recruiting police from overseas the answer?

RNZ | Thu November 2nd, 2017

Is recruiting police from overseas the answer? - The Police Association says looking offshore to boost police numbers is not the answer to the country's needs. Story: Government wants foreign police officers on fast-track.

New Police Minister promises more police

The Press | Tue October 31st, 2017

New Police Minister promises more police - Police Association President Chris Cahill has welcomed new Police Minister Stuart Nash's promise of 1800 more police, but has warned they need to be adequately resourced.

Police pursuits – who is to blame and what can be done?

RadioLive | Tue October 24th, 2017

Police pursuits – who is to blame and what can be done? - Police Assn President Chris Cahill talked to Mark Sainsbury on RadioLive about police pursuits, what the rules are and what the police think need to be done to prevent them. 

Police conference to focus on mental health

The AM Show | Wed October 11th, 2017

Police conference to focus on mental health - The mental health of its 11,000 serving members will be the focus of the NZ Police Association's annual conference in Wellington, President Chris Cahill said on The AM Show.

Police mental health threatened by under-resourcing

NZ Herald | Wed October 11th, 2017

Police mental health threatened by under-resourcing - Police mental health is being hurt just as much from lack of staff, as the trauma of terrible road crashes and violence, says the Police Association.

Police Assn conference to focus on mental health of police officers

Radio 531pi | Tue October 10th, 2017

Police Assn conference to focus on mental health of police officers - Police Association President Chris Cahill speaks with Radio 531pi about the Association's upcoming annual conference and its theme of 'Resilience Matters'.

Police Assn calls for nationwide synthetic drugs taskforce

Stuff.co.nz | Wed September 20th, 2017

Police Assn calls for nationwide synthetic drugs taskforce - Police Association President Chris Cahill has called on Police to establish a national taskforce to tackle synthetic drugs, saying that 20 known deaths make it a crisis that needs a coordinated response.

Police Assn calls attack on Dunedin officers 'disgusting'

Otago Daily Times | Fri September 1st, 2017

Police Assn calls attack on Dunedin officers 'disgusting' - The Police Association has condemned the behaviour of two people accused of assaulting two Dunedin police officers with a garden table leg.

One in eight police officers threatened with a gun

Radio NZ | Wed August 23rd, 2017

One in eight police officers threatened with a gun - A surge in the number of police threatened with a firearm in the past two years shows that New Zealand's gun problem is increasing, says the Police Association.

Rotorua robbery victims praise police

NZ Herald | Sat August 19th, 2017

Rotorua robbery victims praise police - Police Association President Chris Cahill has commented on the positive impact of new police officers, saying the situation nearly got to breaking point before the Government announcement.

Nearly 1000 police staff referred to trauma counselling last year

Stuff.co.nz | Mon May 29th, 2017

Nearly 1000 police staff referred to trauma counselling last year - More than 900 police staff were referred for counselling in 2016, but more needs to be done, the president of the Police Association says.

Without extra numbers police would be in 'real crisis'

NZ Herald | Thu May 25th, 2017

Without extra numbers police would be in 'real crisis' - Police were at a "breaking point" and would have been in a "real crisis" had the Government not announced its half-billion-dollar package for more boots on the ground, says the Police Association.

'We're losing the war on meth', says Police Association

Newstalk ZB | Tue May 23rd, 2017

'We're losing the war on meth', says Police Association - Police Association President Chris Cahill spoke with Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking about the growing problem of meth in NZ.

Kiwi criminals deported from Australia strengthening gangs

NZ Herald | Fri February 24th, 2017

Kiwi criminals deported from Australia strengthening gangs - Police Association President Chris Cahill says Kiwi-born criminals deported from Australia are contributing to a professionalisation of New Zealand gangs, which is likely to lead to a spike in drug-related violence.

Police 'default' mental health service as attempted suicide call outs jump 30 per cent

Dominion Post | Tue February 21st, 2017

Police 'default' mental health service as attempted suicide call outs jump 30 per cent - NZ Police Association President Chris Cahill  comments on the increase in attempted suicides handled by police.

Police Association against blood tests for officers

Radio NZ - The Panel | Thu February 16th, 2017

Police Association against blood tests for officers -  Police Association President Chris Cahill was interviewed on The Panel for comment on the NZ Police announcement of mandatory blood testing for police officers.

Police fitness crackdown leads to worries for thin blue line

NZ Herald | Wed January 18th, 2017

Police fitness crackdown leads to worries for thin blue line - Police Association President Chris Cahill says changes to police fitness tests will put a strain on resources and staffing.

Police Assn supports calls for gun amnesty

Radio NZ | Tue January 10th, 2017

Police Assn supports calls for gun amnesty - The Police Association is supportive of calls by the Police Commisioner for a  gun amnesty as a way of reducing the number of unlawful firearms in NZ.

Police not trigger happy, Police Assn says

Radio NZ | Mon January 9th, 2017

Police not trigger happy, Police Assn says - Correction: In this story Chris is incorrectly quoted as saying the problem stemmed from "20,000 firearms entering the country each year, which were then stolen or sold to offenders." It should say, "over 50,000 firearms entering the country each year, a number of which are stolen or sold to offenders."

Some North police staff ready to fall over

Northern Advocate | Thu December 29th, 2016

Some North police staff ready to fall over - Northland has one of the worst police shortages in the country with some officers ready to "fall over" from stress and long hours, according to the NZ Police Association.

Police Association welcomes new Police Minister

Newstalk ZB | Mon December 19th, 2016

Police Association welcomes new Police Minister - The Police Association is hoping that the new Police Minister, Paula Bennett, will be as hands on as the previous minister, Judith Collins.

Police Assn fears for overworked Northland staff

Stuff.co.nz | Sat December 17th, 2016

Police Assn fears for overworked Northland staff - Police Association President Chris Cahill is worried about the impact of Christmas on officers who are already stretched thin across the Northland region.

No winners, but right result says Police Assn

Hawke's Bay Today | Fri December 9th, 2016

No winners, but right result says Police Assn - Police Assn President Chris Cahill hopes there will be no further recriminations for the four Hawke's Bay officers who were yesterday found not guilty on assault charges.

Can police tackle the 'Lawless North'?

RNZ Insight | Sun December 4th, 2016

Can police tackle the 'Lawless North'? - Police Association President Chris Cahill says an increase in crime, coupled with "chronic" police understaffing, has put pressure on stretched police staff in Northland.

Police Assn: 'You can't keep moving these staff around'

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri December 2nd, 2016

Police Assn: 'You can't keep moving these staff around'Police Association President Chris Cahill talks to Breakfast about meeting the target of police attending every burglary.

Is it possible for police to attend all burglaries?

Radio Live | Thu December 1st, 2016

Is it possible for police to attend all burglaries? - Police Association President Chris Cahill discusses the issue that police are stretched too thin to attend all burglaries.

Blue line stretched too thin

Otago Daily Times | Tue November 29th, 2016

Blue line stretched too thin - The Police Association is disturbed by large increases in public violence and attacks on police in the Southern district.

Police restructure could result in increased crime, union says

Taranaki Daily News | Thu November 17th, 2016

Police restructure could result in increased crime, union saysA proposed restructure of Central District police could result in increased crime in some communities, the head of the Police Association says. 

Police Assn on the latest crime stats

Radio NZ - The Panel | Tue November 1st, 2016

Police Assn President discusses latest crime stats - Police Assn President Chris Cahill joined The Panel to discuss the latest crime statistics and what they mean for police resourcing. (Chris speaks at 6:45)

Lack of police blamed for burglary spike

Newshub | Tue November 1st, 2016

Lack of police blamed for burglary spike - Police Association President Chris Cahill says he's not surprised by the increase in crime and says the Government needs to step up and give police more resources.