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.
President's Column - Centralisation is the new black
My wife recently bought me a paisley tie. I sceptically, and timidly, wore it to work, expecting to be ridiculed for having confused my decades.
President's Column - When clichés come true
The universe is balanced, what goes around comes around, Yin and Yang, the chickens always come home to roost…
President's Column - Don't blame the troops
The dark arts of political spin-doctoring visited us last month.
President's Column - The whipping boy gets a break
There’s plenty happening media wise at the moment around the country, but, at the risk of tempting fate, not too much is directed specifically at Police.
President's Column - Co-ordinated leadership
I was fortunate to enjoy a break at Waihi Beach over New Year and, while trying to avoid the so-called busman’s holiday, I did work with the locals on New Year’s Eve.
President's Column - Austerity looms over hard-won gains
The election is done and dusted, National has a majority with Act NZ and Peter Dunne, and by the time you read this, we may have a new minister. In an ironic piece of retro, it could be John Banks again!
President's Column - Treating each other as equals
While there will always be socioeconomic strata in our society, we have generally avoided re-establishing the class systems inherent in the Northern Hemisphere countries that European settlers escaped.
President's Column - Urgent law change needed for Police video surveillance
As I write this column, we are hurriedly preparing our submissions on the Government’s urgent bill to legitimise and reinstate the evidence we gather using video surveillance.
President's Column - Mob rule
How many of us watched the recent UK riots and asked ourselves, could that happen here?
President's Column - The value of experience
There’s not much that happens in the world of politics, media, or even disasters, which doesn’t have a police dimension somewhere.
President's Column - The drive for "efficiencies"
Anyone who thinks there is any fat left in our system just needs to visit a few overseas jurisdictions to see what value for money the New Zealand taxpayer gets from its police.
President's Column - An eye on politics
The financial situation means things will change for us all. Don’t naively think your workplace or station or district will somehow slip under the radar; no one else’s will.
President's Column - Police culture
It was reassuring to hear the new Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, challenging some perceptions on Police culture during his round of introductory media interviews.
President's Column - What's good for the goose
What we can demand as police is fairness and consistency. Strict accountability of police is appropriate, so let’s have the same level of consistency around public servants, judges and parliamentarians.
President's Column - Reporting on Police
In ancient China, executions were sometimes carried out by ‘death by a thousand cuts’, and with the plethora of reports, workplace survey results and exposés on Police relentlessly being released and published, the phrase almost seems to apply.
President's Column - Assaults on police
What are we actually doing about assaults on police?
President's Column - Loose lips sink ships
Julius Caesar once said “I love treason but I hate a traitor”. There have been many variations since, applied to different historical settings. The modern equivalent, and relevant to police, is the media’s view of people who leak information to them.
President's Column - Police as 'tall poppies'
Being a fairly modest bunch as police officers, we have never really felt vulnerable to “tall poppy’ syndrome.
President's Column - Christchurch quake response provides valuable lessons for another issue
“The strategy has got to be to make sure offenders know it’s not worth it to have a go, not to make police tentative in enforcing the law and in doing so, making the roads more dangerous.”
President's Column - Theft of the frontline
“The real problem is that none of it results in better service to the public, because any advantages are quickly negated by the theft of policing time.”
President's Column - Arming issue up for debate
“Our Australian colleagues are shaking their heads in disbelief that there is even a discussion on arming over here.”
President's Column - The ability to respond quickly is imperative
"We should use the best ideas from wherever they are developed, but it's extremely important to understand the context."
President's Column - Getting Mr Big
"Notwithstanding that some aspects of the pursuit did breach policy, the criticism of the officers for ‘beginning’ the pursuit of a speeding driver, in the first place, is the sort of thing that leaves frontliners shaking their heads."
President's Column - More Assaults on Police
“I predict now that officers and members of the public will die because police officers will be unable to respond to an armed offender due to the unavailability of a firearm.”
President's Column - The insidious creep of corruption
“Favours accepted, coupled with inappropriate associations, a belief you are worth more than you are getting and that no one seems to care about a particular problem, and you have the ingredients for corruption.”
President's Column - Assaults on Police
"It is obvious that the authorities’ and media’s reaction to the deaths following failure to stop incidents contributes significantly to the increased tendency for criminals to ‘have a go’ at police when confronted."
President's Column - It's all about balance
“While there are some disadvantages to having all sworn police enter the organisation at the same level, it does ensure that despite the size of the organisation, there exists a consistency of understanding of what ‘business as usual’ means.”
President's Column - Christmas reflections
“That’s often, though not always, a good time to reflect that it’s a privilege to have a good stable home life and that whatever else is happening in our world, the focus should be on working to keep that intact.”