Recent Media

Police Association calls on Commissioner to routinely arm police

Radio NZ | Fri October 24th, 2014

Police Association calls on Commissioner to routinely arm police - Police Association conference delegates have voted unanimously for all sworn officers to carry guns and have called on the Police Commissioner to act immediately.

Renewed call to arm all police after shooting

Stuff.co.nz | Wed October 22nd, 2014

Renewed call to arm all police after shootingPolice Association President Greg O'Connor has reiterated his call to arm all cops to new Police Minister Michael Woodhouse after a man fired on officers overnight.

Top award for bridge crash hero

Stuff.co.nz | Wed October 22nd, 2014

Top award for bridge crash heroThe policeman who dived into freezing waters to save a man from Tauranga Harbour today received Police Association's highest award.

Mike Yardley: Cops need guns

The Press | Tue October 21st, 2014

Mike Yardley: Cops need gunsGreg O'Connor's perspective piece in The Press is a compelling read, writes columnist Mike Yardley.

Greg O’Connor: Police officers need guns on hips

The Press | Fri October 17th, 2014

Greg O’Connor: Police officers need guns on hipsTwo-thirds of New Zealand's frontline police now believe it is time they routinely carried firearms, writes Police Association president Greg O'Connor.

Provinces feeling the police budget pinch

Radio NZ | Thu October 16th, 2014

Provinces feeling the police budget pinch - Shortages among police personnel, especially among back office staff, are becoming increasingly obvious in the provinces due to the frozen police budget, the Police Association says.

Time to get real and arm our police

NZ Herald | Thu October 16th, 2014

Time to get real and arm our police - Greg O’Connor’s op-ed in the NZ Herald puts forward the case for general arming.

Police Assn calls for cops to be armed

Radio NZ | Tue October 14th, 2014

Police Association calls for cops to be armed - Greg O'Connor, President of the Police Association, calls for police to be armed following an incident at Waitakere Hospital.

Association renews calls for guns on hips

RadioLIVE | Mon October 13th, 2014

Association renews calls for guns on hips - After the armed offender incident at Waitakere Hospital, Police Association President Greg O'Connor speaks with Duncan Garner about arming police.

Firearms policy working for frontline police

ONE News | Mon September 29th, 2014

Firearms policy working for frontline policeGreater access to firearms and Tasers may be keeping frontline police safer, according to the Police Association.

Police Association wants party law change

Radio NZ | Fri August 29th, 2014

Police Association wants party law change - The Police Association wants a law change to allow police to shut down out of control parties.

Police Association urges policy crackdown

NZ Herald | Thu August 21st, 2014

Police Association urges policy crackdownIncluded in the proposals listed in the Police Association’s policy document is a sterner stance on defendants' refusals to co-operate with statements and evidence.

Police Association outlines election year wishlist

Stuff.co.nz | Wed August 20th, 2014

Police lobby group outlines its wishlist for the election year and the Police Minster responds - coverage of the Police Association policy document launch by the Dominion Post and Stuff.co.nz.

Police Association says frozen budget biting

Radio NZ | Wed August 20th, 2014

The Police Association has set out its policy wishlist and says the frozen police budget is starting to have a serious impact on policing - coverage from Radio NZ.

Police Association launches policy document

TVNZ Breakfast | Tue August 19th, 2014

Police Association launches policy document - Police Association President Greg O'Connor on TVNZ Breakfast discussing recommendations around fleeing drivers from the Police Association's 2014 policy document.

Call for tougher penalties for fleeing drivers

ONE News | Tue August 19th, 2014

Call for tougher penalties for fleeing driversThe Police Association has called on the Government to impose tougher penalties for drivers who evade police.

Police Association pushes for tactical options

3News | Tue August 19th, 2014

Police Association pushes for tactical options - The Police Association has set out their wish list for this year's election and it includes fulltime use of Tasers and firearms for officers.

Police Association responds to fatal shooting report

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri July 18th, 2014

Police Association responds to fatal shooting report - Luke Shadbolt, Vice-President of the Police Association, discusses the coroner's report into the death of Lachan Kelly-Tumarae in 2011.

Police Association welcomes training changes

Newstalk ZB | Tue July 1st, 2014

Police Association welcomes training changesThe Police Association is welcoming changes to police training as a step in the right direction for improving the safety of officers.

Police feel pressure

Herald on Sunday | Sun June 22nd, 2014

Police feel pressureTight budgets and heavy workloads are being blamed for the "record levels" of personal grievances being laid by police employees, the Police Association says.

Meth focus reduced

Radio NZ | Thu June 19th, 2014

Meth focus reduced - The Police Association has warned that the temporary disbanding of up to four organised crime squads in the North Island could allow the methamphetamine trade to gain traction.

Officer’s excessive taser use a training issue

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri June 13th, 2014

Officer’s excessive Taser use a training issuePolice Association President Greg O’Connor says that an officer’s excessive taser use as reported by the IPCA was a training issue.

Police presence in West Auckland questioned

RadioLIVE | Thu June 12th, 2014

Police presence in West Auckland questioned - Police Association President Greg O’Connor talks to RadioLIVE about whether the police presence in West Auckland is strong enough, following a fatal stabbing in Henderson.

IPCA report response

Newstalk ZB | Thu June 12th, 2014

IPCA report response - Police Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Larry Williams about the IPCA report which says a Whakatane policeman used a taser against a man in a way that was excessive and contrary to law.

Lessons to be learnt in Banks case

ONE News | Mon June 9th, 2014

Lessons to be learnt in Banks casePolice Association President Greg O'Connor says that the political donations case will change how police deal with complaints against MPs.

Body cameras on police wishlist

Newstalk ZB | Thu June 5th, 2014

Body cameras on police wishlist  - Police Association President Greg O’Connor says that while body cameras would be nice to have, the tight police budget won’t stretch that far.

Optimism in police despite Roastbusters mistakes

3 News Firstline | Fri May 23rd, 2014

Optimism in police despite Roastbusters mistakes - Police Association President Greg O'Connor talks to 3 News about the IPCA report into the police mishandling of the Roastbusters incident.

Police accept criticism in Roastbusters case

Newstalk ZB | Thu May 22nd, 2014

Police accept criticism in Roastbusters case - Police Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Larry Williams about the report from the IPCA into the Roastbusters case.

Police despair at freeze

Stuff.co.nz | Fri May 16th, 2014

Police despair at freezePolice Association President Greg O'Connor has said the freeze on the police budget will make policing harder.

Police dismayed at lack of extra funding in Budget

ONE News | Fri May 16th, 2014

Police dismayed at lack of extra funding in BudgetBudget cuts for the police will affect their ability to respond to crime, according to the Police Association.