President's Column: Playing a long game
We walk a fine line here at the Association. Maintaining our credibility as well-informed commentators on law and order issues is essential.
President's Column: A dumping ground for others' problems
If you ever wanted evidence of how Police end up as the dumping ground for everyone else’s problems, just look at what is happening with the remand prisoner issue in Auckland and surrounding districts.
President's Column: Threats to officers
We are now well into a new year that promises plenty of action.
President's Column: Another year comes to an end
Another year comes to an end, and it’s a good time to reflect on the policing year.
President's Column: Hot topics in the media
Often during our conference the media cotton on to one issue, and this year the commentary became about arming of police, even though the only agenda item to do with arming was about the unavailability of weapons in stations.
President's Column - Threats against staff
In the wake of the Ashburton Work and Income office homicides, Work and Income bosses have announced they will take a zero tolerance approach to threats against staff in future.
President's Column - An uncomfortable watch
I watched the recent TV programme that dramatised the Louise Nicholas story. Everyone in Police will be familiar with the story of a young woman’s exploitation by some police officers in the Bay of Plenty, the allegations and subsequent court actions around sexual abuse and the commission of inquiry that followed.
President’s Column – Policing in a user-pays country
I was lucky enough to have a week’s holiday in Asia last month. Apart from enjoying the warmth, the food and the relaxation, I also witnessed a very stark piece of police corruption.
President's Column - Policing trends around the world
Last month I was privileged to be reappointed chairman of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA), the international body that we are a member of.
President's Column - Budget cuts affect us all
The problem with relying on disasters to fix the budget is that is we all get burnt in the meantime.
President's Column - The best victories are often never celebrated
The saying goes that the best victories are often never celebrated.
President's Column - Be wary of public service restructures
I see that Corrections, one of the government departments that Police is working more closely with, has announced yet another restructure.
President's Column - Blind obedience never works
The business media these days is full of superlatives and confidence about what is being described internationally as New Zealand’s “rock star economy”.
President's Column - Dead man's shoes
I recently delivered a eulogy at the funeral of retired Assistant Commissioner Graeme Dallow.
President's Column - It never rains but it pours
“It never rains but it pours”, as the old cliché goes. That’s certainly true of the incidents and accusations currently being levelled at police.
President's Column - Your Association needs you
This month I was humbled to be re-elected as Police Association President. The election has invigorated the organisation as members became aware that there was a contested election and, as a result, gained an understanding of how the organisation works.
President's Column - Reducing assaults on police
Another month, another serious assault on one of our own.
President's Column - Supporting calls for inquiry
Over the years, I have seen the innocence industry become a lucrative and damaging part of the policing and justice environment.
President's Column - Contrary to popular belief
I always thought that post-colonial New Zealand was based on the good old Judeo- Christian European civilisation, a world in which individuals are free to choose their creed and manner in which they worship.
President's Column - Staffing issue no surprise
This month we report back the first results of our members’ survey. Those who took the time to fill out the survey have provided us, and indeed the Police administration, with valuable insight into how we are travelling as an organisation.
President's Column - Don't know what you've got until it's gone
Some time ago, I wrote in this column of my concerns at how the role of senior sergeant is being diminished, and being removed from the administrative chain of command. Instead, the position now becomes more of a functional one, often with no direct reports.
President's Column - I rest my case
The recent publicity around the Arthur Allan Thomas case has served as a reminder to us all of the major impact that case had on police reputation.
President's Column - Staying balanced during changing times
I recently heard the head of a government body talk about “business-as-usual being the enemy of innovation”. He was speaking about the Canterbury rebuild and the opportunities that had been created for his organisation to innovate out of a situation where a new normal now exists, and people have accepted life will never be the same.
President's Column - Ominous parallels between Police and Defence
This month’s Police News features an article on the result of major changes and budget reductions in Defence.
President's Column - Assaults on Police
As we contemplate the new year, and what it promises policing wise, we need to first reflect on our colleagues who were punched, kicked, and abused while doing their jobs.
President's Column - The shape of change
It’s the festive season again and Police is shaped very differently to how it was at year’s beginning.
President's Column - Unfairly judged
When police come under attack for alleged botch ups or operational failures, the barbs are directed at the organisation as a whole.
President's Column - A senior moment
During the 1990s, in the midst of a round of restructuring and review similar to what we have now, a proposal was made to eliminate the senior sergeant rank.
President's Column - New brooms and old fences
There is an old saying that before you pull a fence down, you need to understand why it was built in the first place.
President's Column - Applying the Fairness Test
Cops are a pragmatic bunch and, in my experience, are generally driven by a sense of fairness more than self-interest.