President's Column

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.

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President's Column: The need for more police

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Wed February 1st, 2017

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.

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President's Column: Evaluating success

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu December 1st, 2016

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.

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President's Column: Acknowledging the significance of the role

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Tue November 1st, 2016

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. 

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President's Column: Thank you

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Sat October 1st, 2016

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.

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President's Column: New troops can't arrive soon enough

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Thu September 1st, 2016

A good thing happened last month: politicians on both sides agreed that police numbers need to be increased.

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President's Column: Politicians feeding off a climate of fear

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon August 1st, 2016

The world is watching the American presidential election with fascination and trepidation. 

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President's Column: The growth of organised crime

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri July 1st, 2016

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.

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President's Column: When context is lacking

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Wed June 1st, 2016

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.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 3 May 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Tue May 3rd, 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. 

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President's Column: A new approach to organised crime

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Sun May 1st, 2016

I have written about gangs and organised crime a few times over the years.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 11 April 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon April 11th, 2016

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President's Column: Firearms inquiry significant

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri April 1st, 2016

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.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 1 April 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri April 1st, 2016

You may have noticed that we have been drawn into the issue of cannabis liberalisation. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 11 March 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri March 11th, 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. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 4 March 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri March 4th, 2016

Excellent news that the officers involved in the Myers Park shooting last year will not face charges.  

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President's Weekly Round-up: 26 February 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri February 26th, 2016

The five-year anniversary of the February 22 Christchurch earthquake has resonated in stations around the country, especially Christchurch, of course. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 5 February 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri February 5th, 2016

One of our members in Counties Manukau was shot at in his vehicle about six times on two separate occasions during a pursuit.  

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President's Column: Police are reflective of their country

NZPA | Mon February 1st, 2016

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.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 29 January 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri January 29th, 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.

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President's Column: A response to terrorism

Vol. 48, No. 11 | NZPA | Tue December 1st, 2015

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.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 6 November 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri November 6th, 2015

Phew! Got all those demons off our back: won the World Cup away; won back to back; and killed the choker tag.

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President's Column: An instant political fix

Vol. 48, No. 10 | NZPA | Sun November 1st, 2015

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.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 27 October 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Tue October 27th, 2015

I’m back in the office after an eventful Police Association Conference in Wellington. And it was demonstrably successful. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 9 October 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri October 9th, 2015

I hope the longer days and burst of vitamin D which comes with spring is giving you all a boost. 

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President's Column: It's time to rebalance our universe

Vol. 48, No. 9 | NZPA | Thu October 1st, 2015

The universe is balanced. Everything reverts to the average. What goes around comes around.

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President's Column: A spate of firearms incidents

Vol. 48, No. 8 | NZPA | Tue September 1st, 2015

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.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 21 August 2015

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri August 21st, 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. 

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President's Weekly Round-up: 3 August 2015

NZPA | Fri August 7th, 2015

This last week was a unique and successful one for the Association. 

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President's Column: Gang intimidation

Vol. 48, No. 7 | NZPA | Sat August 1st, 2015

As I write, Corrections Department managers are squirming under the pressure of questions over gang-controlled fight clubs at Mt Eden prison and the unexplained death of a prisoner who was transferred from there.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 27 July

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon July 27th, 2015

Corrections boss Ray Smith may have some explaining to do.

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