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.”
President's Column - Drugs and organised crime major issues for future
“We are confident now in our members’ ability to predict emerging problems within Police. The results of last year’s members’ survey clearly showed that drugs and organised crime are major issues for the future.”
President's Column - Police budget cuts
“The looming cuts to the budget are causing consternation to police at every level. They areworried that the level of response, mostly to victims and complainants, will be reduced.”
President's Column - Firearms training cuts"In this month’s Police News, there are some interesting stories of overseas police shootings similar to what we have experienced in New Zealand in the last year."
President's Column - The arming issue“The Norwegians reached their compromise of having every patrol car equipped with firearms in safes beside the driver after considerable debate. This was after just one officer was killed when police were outgunned during a robbery.”
President's Column - Being in Police means learning to ride emotional roller coasters
“We will still gather evidence and arrest criminals. We will still do our best to deliver justice to those who seek redress from their assailants, their thieves, and their bullies.”