Each month, Police Association President Greg O'Connor writes a column on a topical issue in policing. This column is published both in Police News, and on this website.
President's Column: Firearms are a deadly serious matter
I am a late and somewhat reluctant user of social media, but that hasn’t protected me from the darker side of the online world.
President's Column: A positive start to the year
It is the nature of the political beast that any major announcement a government makes in election year is slapped down as an “election bribe”.
President's Column: The need for more police
Without a doubt, the big issues we carry into 2017 are the need for more police and the cumulative stress driven by persistent staff shortages.
President's Column: Evaluating success
In the lead-up to my election as Association President, and in the few weeks since, I have been asked by various media how I will evaluate success in this job.
President's Column: Acknowledging the significance of the role
Preparing to write my first column as your new President, I knew I must acknowledge the significance of the role as well as the professional and personal challenges it will bring in the next three years.
President's Column: Thank you
In this last column I want to thank you all, current and past members, for the opportunity you have given me over the past 21 years to represent you.
President's Column: New troops can't arrive soon enough
A good thing happened last month: politicians on both sides agreed that police numbers need to be increased.
President's Column: Politicians feeding off a climate of fear
The world is watching the American presidential election with fascination and trepidation.
President's Column: The growth of organised crime
Sometimes, one event will bring to public attention a slow-burning issue that those directly involved with can clearly see, but which is not obvious to the general population.
President's Column: When context is lacking
We live in a world where the tasks and activities necessary to achieve goals are narrowly defined, broken down into their component parts – it’s called specialisation, and it makes sense.
President's Weekly Round-up: 3 May 2016
I am writing from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where I travelled after attending the ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations) conference next door in Spain.
President's Column: A new approach to organised crime
I have written about gangs and organised crime a few times over the years.
President's Weekly Round-up: 11 April 2016
President's Column: Firearms inquiry significant
Achieving cross-party political consensus is never easy, so the announcement that the Police Minister, the Labour police spokesperson Stuart Nash and the Greens agree that we need the inquiry the Association has been calling for, into the proliferation of firearms in the hands of criminals, was significant.
President's Weekly Round-up: 1 April 2016
You may have noticed that we have been drawn into the issue of cannabis liberalisation.
President's Weekly Round-up: 11 March 2016
It’s been a week that has reminded us about the realities of our industry – four members shot in one incident, fortunately not fatally but with injuries that will be part of their lives for some time, and physical scars that will last forever.
President's Weekly Round-up: 4 March 2016
Excellent news that the officers involved in the Myers Park shooting last year will not face charges.
President's Weekly Round-up: 26 February 2016
The five-year anniversary of the February 22 Christchurch earthquake has resonated in stations around the country, especially Christchurch, of course.
President's Weekly Round-up: 5 February 2016
One of our members in Counties Manukau was shot at in his vehicle about six times on two separate occasions during a pursuit.
President's Column: Police are reflective of their country
Police are reflective of their country, and my international experience convinces me that we are one of the most effective and efficient police forces in world, a boast many of our institutions can make.
President's Weekly Round-up: 29 January 2016
I’m back in the office after a great break, which, because of lousy weather, was easy on the fish but hard on the books.
President's Column: A response to terrorism
Last month, 130 people were murdered by bombs and bullets in Paris. No doubt there were many other murders in Paris during that month, as there would have been in every other city in the world.
President's Weekly Round-up: 6 November 2015
Phew! Got all those demons off our back: won the World Cup away; won back to back; and killed the choker tag.
President's Column: An instant political fix
It is amazing to see how something that is one day not a problem can 24 hours later be a significant issue that requires an instant political fix.
President's Weekly Round-up: 27 October 2015
I’m back in the office after an eventful Police Association Conference in Wellington. And it was demonstrably successful.
President's Weekly Round-up: 9 October 2015
I hope the longer days and burst of vitamin D which comes with spring is giving you all a boost.
President's Column: It's time to rebalance our universe
The universe is balanced. Everything reverts to the average. What goes around comes around.
President's Column: A spate of firearms incidents
And then there were four! In a nine-day period last month, we had three serious armed incidents reported where we were either shot at or had to shoot armed offenders.
President's Weekly Round-up: 21 August 2015
With two firearms incidents where offenders confronted police and before that a shotgun attack on two police stations, it’s been another noteworthy few weeks on the frontline.
President's Weekly Round-up: 3 August 2015
This last week was a unique and successful one for the Association.