Recent Media

Delegat's light sentence down to wealth and skin colour - Police Assn

Paul Henry Show / Newshub | Tue September 13th, 2016

Delegat's light sentence down to wealth and skin colour - Police Assn - Greg O'Connor has told the Paul Henry Show that if the young man who punched a female police officer unconscious was poor and Polynesian he'd be doing serious jail time.

Police Assn: Stark warning police resources will be stretched

Radio NZ Morning Report | Tue August 30th, 2016

Stark warning police resources will be stretched - Police Association President Greg O'Connor warns there aren't enough front line police to cope with a new police policy to make all burglaries top priority, without compromising in other areas. 

O'Connor: Police will need more officers

Newshub | Tue August 30th, 2016

O'Connor: Police will need more officers - A new focus on attending burglaries will mean crime-fighting in other areas will suffer, says Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

Police numbers falling behind population growth resulting in extra pressure on staff

Taranaki Daily Times | Fri August 5th, 2016

Police numbers falling behind population growth resulting in extra pressure on staff - Emergency calls to police are going through the roof but the number of frontline officers hasn't increased which has put additional pressure on staff, the Police Association says.

Back Benches: Tasers... One Year Later

Prime TV - Back Benches | Wed July 27th, 2016

Back Benches: Tasers... One Year Later - Police Association President Greg O'Connor appeared as a special guest on political TV show Back Benches discussing Tasers one year on from the rollout to all frontline police.

Tasers effective one year on

ONE News | Mon July 25th, 2016

Tasers effective one year on - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says Tasers have become part of the policing landscape one year on from the implementation of fulltime carriage on the hips of frontline officers.

Regions reporting triple whammy of meth, guns and organised crime: Police Assn

Stuff.co.nz | Fri July 22nd, 2016

Regions reporting triple whammy of meth, guns and organised crime - The Police Association says that Police districts are so busy dealing with other incidents they are losing the fight against 'P' dealers.

Police under scrutiny after successive shootings

Newstalk ZB | Fri July 15th, 2016

Police under scrutiny after successive shootings - Police Association President Greg O'Conner speaks to Rachel Smalley about the major methamphetamine issue in NZ, after two police shootings linked to the drug.

Twin police shootings raise questions over NZ's meth addiction

ONE News | Fri July 15th, 2016

Twin police shootings raise questions over NZ's meth addiction - The Police Association says the shooting of two men this week had one thing in common – both men were meth users.

Police shootings could increase due to the number of illegal firearms on the street

Stuff.co.nz | Wed July 13th, 2016

Police shootings could increase due to the number of illegal firearms on the street - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor says the high number of firearms in the hands of criminals may lead to an increase in police shootings.

Fatal police shooting in Hamilton

Paul Henry Show | Wed July 13th, 2016

Fatal police shooting in HamiltonPolice Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Mark Sainsbury on the shooting in Frankton, Hamilton overnight.

'The bottom line is, we've got a major organised crime problem' – Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Wed July 13th, 2016

'The bottom line is, we've got a major organised crime problem' – Police Assn - The Police Association President Greg O'Connor gives a very blunt assessment of the crime landscape following the fatal police shooting in Hamilton. Full Breakfast clip on demand - Greg appears at 20:35.

Firearms review likely to lead to law changes

Radio NZ | Sun July 10th, 2016

Firearms review likely to lead to law changes - The Police Association believes both the Parliamentary inquiry and the police internal review will find more funding is needed to administer and monitor firearm use.

Auckland's police force needs a boost

Newshub | Sun July 10th, 2016

Auckland's police force needs a boost - The Police Association says there's understaffing everywhere, but in Auckland, response police - those who attend callouts - are frustrated they're not giving the public the service they need.

Police covering airport security roles a ludicrous idea, Police Association says

ONE News | Tue July 5th, 2016

Police covering airport security roles a ludicrous idea, Police Association says - The Police Association is pouring cold water on a plan to use police officers to man airport security in a bid to reduce disruptions for travellers from planned strike action by security staff.

Officers entitled to use force when necessary, says Police Association

Stuff.co.nz | Sun July 3rd, 2016

Officers entitled to use force when necessary, says Police AssociationPolice officers are entitled, and will continue, to use force when it is deemed necessary, the president of the Police Association has said.

Drug testing commitment for Kiwi cops hasn't been met

ONE News | Fri July 1st, 2016

Drug testing commitment for Kiwi cops hasn't been met - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says a police drug and alcohol testing policy would ensure consistency and fairness.

Police looking to protect themselves from people spitting at them

Paul Henry Show | Fri June 24th, 2016

Police looking to protect themselves from people spitting at themPaul Henry talks with Police Association President Greg O'Connor on 'spitting hoods' that Police use on offenders, after an increase of people spitting towards the Police in the last year.

Massive meth haul 'evidence of the extent of organised crime in NZ'

ONE News | Tue June 14th, 2016

Massive meth haul 'evidence of the extent of organised crime in NZ' - Police Association President Greg O'Connor commented on the fact that P and organised crime go hand in hand after a huge meth bust in Northland.

Police Association: We're going to get more and more of these types of incidents

Newstalk ZB | Sat June 11th, 2016

Police Association: We're going to get more and more of these types of incidents - President Greg O'Connor spoke to Larry Williams about the Paeroa police shooting.

More than 100 officers spat on over past two years, figures show

Dominion Post | Thu June 9th, 2016

More than 100 officers spat on over past two years, figures show - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says those responsible for spitting on officers are getting off lightly.

Disturbed nights for police officers who attended shooting of two-year-old girl

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri June 3rd, 2016

Disturbed nights for police officers who attended shooting of two-year-old girl - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor commented in this tragic incident in Mangere, reiterating the Association's concerns about the plethora of firearms in the hands of people who should never have them.

AOS shake-up could be difference 'between life and death', say critics

Dominion Post | Fri June 3rd, 2016

AOS shake-up could be difference 'between life and death', say critics - Police Association President Greg O'Connor has voiced concerns about a plan to relocate Napier's Armed Offenders Squad base to Hastings.

Police wages fund topped up but no money for new recruitment

Dominion Post | Fri May 27th, 2016

Police wages fund topped up but no money for new recruitment - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor has labelled the 2016 Budget "status quo," saying the Association was nonetheless pleased to see police could stop raiding their crime-fighting budget to pay officers and absorb inflation.

Trauma takes toll on Bay officers

Bay of Plenty Times | Thu May 19th, 2016

Trauma takes toll on Bay officersA total of 112 police officers have sought counselling for work related issues in the Western Bay of Plenty over the past three years. As Police Association Region 3 Director Scott Thompson said, "We deal with the worst of the worst and the most horrific things."

Cop attacked at front counter of Hamilton police station

Stuff.co.nz | Tue May 10th, 2016

Cop attacked at front counter of Hamilton police station - Police Association Vice-President Craig Tickelpenny​ has said the issue of public area safety at police stations had been a focus of the Association for some time, after the assault of an officer at Hamilton Central station.

Not illegal for gangs to get gun licence

NZ Herald | Wed April 27th, 2016

Not illegal for gangs to get gun licenceBeing a gang member is not enough to stop someone getting a gun licence in New Zealand under current law.

Gun inquiry will shock - Police Assn

Radio NZ Morning Report | Thu March 17th, 2016

Gun inquiry will shock - Police AssnThere is a "major problem" with illegal gun possession in New Zealand, says the Police Association. The Association is backing a select committee inquiry into how criminals access firearms.

Hundreds farewell cherished Ngaruawahia community constable

Stuff.co.nz | Thu March 17th, 2016

Hundreds farewell cherished Ngaruawahia community constable Police Association President Greg O'Connor attended the funeral for Ngaruawahia community constable Norm McIntosh, saying that he represented all that's good about New Zealand policing.

Police are dealing with more guns in the hands of criminals

Paul Henry Show | Fri March 11th, 2016

Police are dealing with more guns in the hands of criminalsCalls for police to be armed have been reignited after four police were shot in the Bay of Plenty. The Police Association’s president Greg O’Connor joined Paul Henry to discuss it.