Recent Media

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.

More to be done about police safety

Newstalk ZB | Wed May 14th, 2014

More to be done about police safety Police Association President Greg O'Connor says an increase in serious assaults on officers is concerning.

Police push to get more women in the force

NZ Herald | Tue April 15th, 2014

Police push to get more women in the forceA reluctance to relocate and the PERF scheme of the 1990s are to blame for why there aren't enough policewomen in senior positions, the Police Association says.

New Commissioner the 'man for the moment'

TVNZ Breakfast | Thu April 3rd, 2014

New Commissioner the 'man for the moment'Police Association President Greg O'Connor speaks to TVNZ Breakfast about new Police Commissioner Mike Bush, who takes over the role today.

Majority accept Mike Bush as top cop

NZ Herald | Tue March 25th, 2014

Majority accept Mike Bush as top cop - About 50 per cent of the 750 people polled in a Herald DigiPoll believed comments by incoming police commissioner Mike Bush should not keep him from leading the force.

Police want power to issue roadside drink-driving fines

NZ Herald | Thu March 6th, 2014

Police want power to issue drink-driving fines at roadside - Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt argued for changes to drink-driving legislation at a parliamentary select committee hearing today.

Crewe case challenge for new top cop

NZ Herald | Wed February 26th, 2014

Crewe case challenge for new top cop Police Association President Greg O'Connor says Mike Bush was wise to apologise for comments made in the eulogy he gave at Bruce Hutton's funeral before stepping into the role of Commissioner.

'Heck of a job ahead' for Bush

3 News Firstline | Wed February 26th, 2014

'Heck of a job ahead' for Bush - Police Association President Greg O’Connor speaks to Firstline about the challenges Mike Bush will face as Commissioner of Police.

Drunks in cells not ideal situation

TVNZ Breakfast | Tue February 25th, 2014

Drunks in cells not ideal situationPolice Association President Greg O’Connor says there will be a considerable inquiry after the death of a man in custody at Manukau Police HQ.

Association backs body worn cameras

Stuff.co.nz | Wed February 12th, 2014

Association backs body worn cameras - Police Association President Greg O'Connor is in favour of body worn cameras on police, but only if appropriate funding is given to manage the expensive process of handling the data.

Gang member filmed attacking off-duty officer

NZ Herald | Sat November 30th, 2013

Gang member filmed attacking off-duty officer - The Police Association has described the community service sentence given to a gang member who pleaded guilty to assaulting an off-duty officer in front of his family as an insult.

Police investigations thorough

3 News Firstline | Tue November 19th, 2013

Police investigations thorough - Police Association president Greg O'Connor has commented on recent police investigations, saying the force isn't perfect and never will be, but lapses in conduct are always investigated thoroughly.

Police working hard to weed out ratbags

TVNZ Breakfast | Tue November 19th, 2013

Police working hard to weed out ratbagsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor says the police need to put their heads down and work harder as negative stories increase, following the guilty plea of a Christchurch cop on corruption and assault charges.

Police Assn warning as outsiders hired to answer emergency calls

Herald on Sunday | Sun November 17th, 2013

Police hire outsiders to answer emergency calls - The Police Association warns officers on the beat are paying the price for bureaucratic cost-cutting, and mistakes will be made as a result, as staff from a private IT firm are hired to help answer soaring numbers of emergency calls.

Police bar closure concerns staff

Sunday Star Times | Sun November 17th, 2013

Police bar closure concerns staff - Frontline police are dismayed at the closure of yet another police bar, saying it denies them a safe place to socialise.

Most IPCA complaints 'frivolous'

3 News Firstline | Thu October 10th, 2013

Most IPCA complaints 'frivolous' - Association President Greg O'Connor discusses the perceived lack of independence of the IPCA .

Arming our cops

Newstalk ZB | Tue September 10th, 2013

Arming our cops - Police Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Leighton Smith about whether police officers should be armed.

Unarmed forces invite tragedy

3News Firstline | Tue September 10th, 2013

Unarmed force invites tragedy - Police fear it will take a tragedy before politicians and the public support arming the force, says Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

Police officer brutally attacked in Auckland

TVNZ Breakfast | Mon September 9th, 2013

Police officer brutally attacked in Auckland - NZ Police Association President Greg O'Connor reacts to the vicious assault on a police officer in Otara.

Assault highlights police resourcing

Radio NZ | Mon September 9th, 2013

Assault highlights police resourcing - Police Association President Greg O'Connor discusses whether officers should work in pairs in the wake of the attack on an officer in Auckland.

Police Association against employment changes

3 News | Thu August 22nd, 2013

Police Association against employment changes - The Police Association has joined other groups in denouncing proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act.

Violence towards officers worrying

NZ Herald | Wed July 31st, 2013

Police officer's jaw fractured in vicious attack - The daylight bashing of a long-serving Nelson police officer is the latest shocking example of a "worrying trend" of increased violence towards officers.

Association wants pursuit focus off officers

Radio NZ | Wed July 10th, 2013

Association wants pursuit focus off officers - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says continued public criticism of police pursuits focuses attention on the actions of officers, rather than the offenders.

Police Association says frontline shortages should not be ignored

Radio NZ | Thu July 4th, 2013

Police Association says frontline shortages should not be ignored - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says that the results of a recent survey show police restructuring poses a threat to public safety.

Police staff cite lack of resources as threat to law and order

NZ Herald | Wed July 3rd, 2013

Police staff cite lack of resources as threat to law and order - The recent Police Association member survey shows that members believe staffing and a lack of resources are the biggest issues facing Police today.

Media drawn into Bain blame game

The Press | Fri June 28th, 2013

Media drawn into Bain blame game - Martin van Beynen gives his opinion on the new evidence in the Bain case.

Police Association backs Taser use

ONE News | Tue June 11th, 2013

Police Association backs Taser use [story] - Police Association President Greg O'Connor stresses the importance of having all tactical options available to officers on the frontline, following a police shooting incident in New Plymouth. Police Association backs Taser use [video]

Lethal force a tough decision faced by officers

Taranaki Daily News | Tue June 11th, 2013

Lethal force a tough decision faced by officers - Police officers face the tough decision to use lethal force on a daily basis, the President of the Police Association says.