Recent Media

Here is recent media from other sources, that members may find of interest.

Police Association against blood tests for officers

Radio NZ - The Panel | Thu February 16th, 2017

Police Association against blood tests for officers -  Police Association President Chris Cahill was interviewed on The Panel for comment on the NZ Police announcement of mandatory blood testing for police officers.

Police fitness crackdown leads to worries for thin blue line

NZ Herald | Wed January 18th, 2017

Police fitness crackdown leads to worries for thin blue line - Police Association President Chris Cahill says changes to police fitness tests will put a strain on resources and staffing.

Police Assn supports calls for gun amnesty

Radio NZ | Tue January 10th, 2017

Police Assn supports calls for gun amnesty - The Police Association is supportive of calls by the Police Commisioner for a  gun amnesty as a way of reducing the number of unlawful firearms in NZ.

Police not trigger happy, Police Assn says

Radio NZ | Mon January 9th, 2017

Police not trigger happy, Police Assn says - Correction: In this story Chris is incorrectly quoted as saying the problem stemmed from "20,000 firearms entering the country each year, which were then stolen or sold to offenders." It should say, "over 50,000 firearms entering the country each year, a number of which are stolen or sold to offenders."

Some North police staff ready to fall over

Northern Advocate | Thu December 29th, 2016

Some North police staff ready to fall over - Northland has one of the worst police shortages in the country with some officers ready to "fall over" from stress and long hours, according to the NZ Police Association.

Police Association welcomes new Police Minister

Newstalk ZB | Mon December 19th, 2016

Police Association welcomes new Police Minister - The Police Association is hoping that the new Police Minister, Paula Bennett, will be as hands on as the previous minister, Judith Collins.

Police Assn fears for overworked Northland staff

Stuff.co.nz | Sat December 17th, 2016

Police Assn fears for overworked Northland staff - Police Association President Chris Cahill is worried about the impact of Christmas on officers who are already stretched thin across the Northland region.

No winners, but right result says Police Assn

Hawke's Bay Today | Fri December 9th, 2016

No winners, but right result says Police Assn - Police Assn President Chris Cahill hopes there will be no further recriminations for the four Hawke's Bay officers who were yesterday found not guilty on assault charges.

Can police tackle the 'Lawless North'?

RNZ Insight | Sun December 4th, 2016

Can police tackle the 'Lawless North'? - Police Association President Chris Cahill says an increase in crime, coupled with "chronic" police understaffing, has put pressure on stretched police staff in Northland.

Police Assn: 'You can't keep moving these staff around'

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri December 2nd, 2016

Police Assn: 'You can't keep moving these staff around'Police Association President Chris Cahill talks to Breakfast about meeting the target of police attending every burglary.

Is it possible for police to attend all burglaries?

Radio Live | Thu December 1st, 2016

Is it possible for police to attend all burglaries? - Police Association President Chris Cahill discusses the issue that police are stretched too thin to attend all burglaries.

Blue line stretched too thin

Otago Daily Times | Tue November 29th, 2016

Blue line stretched too thin - The Police Association is disturbed by large increases in public violence and attacks on police in the Southern district.

Police restructure could result in increased crime, union says

Taranaki Daily News | Thu November 17th, 2016

Police restructure could result in increased crime, union saysA proposed restructure of Central District police could result in increased crime in some communities, the head of the Police Association says. 

Lack of police blamed for burglary spike

Newshub | Tue November 1st, 2016

Lack of police blamed for burglary spike - Police Association President Chris Cahill says he's not surprised by the increase in crime and says the Government needs to step up and give police more resources.

Police Assn on the latest crime stats

Radio NZ - The Panel | Tue November 1st, 2016

Police Assn President discusses latest crime stats - Police Assn President Chris Cahill joined The Panel to discuss the latest crime statistics and what they mean for police resourcing. (Chris speaks at 6:45)

The thin blue line is too thin, says Police Association

Dominion Post | Fri October 21st, 2016

The thin blue line is too thin, says Police Association - New Police Association president Chris Cahill says police services are spread too thinly, which is contributing to the rise in crime.

Outgoing Police Assn boss proud of cops' credibility

Paul Henry Show | Mon October 10th, 2016

Outgoing Police Assn boss proud of cops' credibility - Outgoing Police Association President Greg O'Connor told Paul Henry he's extremely proud of the legacy he's left.

Meth is purer, cheaper and readily available in NZ

Radio NZ Checkpoint | Thu October 6th, 2016

Meth is purer, cheaper and readily available in NZ - The Police Association says methamphetamine is purer, cheaper and more available than ever before in New Zealand - despite recent record hauls of it being intercepted at the border.

Delegat's light sentence down to wealth and skin colour - Police Assn

Paul Henry Show / Newshub | Tue September 13th, 2016

Delegat's light sentence down to wealth and skin colour - Police Assn - Greg O'Connor has told the Paul Henry Show that if the young man who punched a female police officer unconscious was poor and Polynesian he'd be doing serious jail time.

Police Assn: Stark warning police resources will be stretched

Radio NZ Morning Report | Tue August 30th, 2016

Stark warning police resources will be stretched - Police Association President Greg O'Connor warns there aren't enough front line police to cope with a new police policy to make all burglaries top priority, without compromising in other areas. 

O'Connor: Police will need more officers

Newshub | Tue August 30th, 2016

O'Connor: Police will need more officers - A new focus on attending burglaries will mean crime-fighting in other areas will suffer, says Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

Police numbers falling behind population growth resulting in extra pressure on staff

Taranaki Daily Times | Fri August 5th, 2016

Police numbers falling behind population growth resulting in extra pressure on staff - Emergency calls to police are going through the roof but the number of frontline officers hasn't increased which has put additional pressure on staff, the Police Association says.

Back Benches: Tasers... One Year Later

Prime TV - Back Benches | Wed July 27th, 2016

Back Benches: Tasers... One Year Later - Police Association President Greg O'Connor appeared as a special guest on political TV show Back Benches discussing Tasers one year on from the rollout to all frontline police.

Tasers effective one year on

ONE News | Mon July 25th, 2016

Tasers effective one year on - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says Tasers have become part of the policing landscape one year on from the implementation of fulltime carriage on the hips of frontline officers.

Regions reporting triple whammy of meth, guns and organised crime: Police Assn

Stuff.co.nz | Fri July 22nd, 2016

Regions reporting triple whammy of meth, guns and organised crime - The Police Association says that Police districts are so busy dealing with other incidents they are losing the fight against 'P' dealers.

Police under scrutiny after successive shootings

Newstalk ZB | Fri July 15th, 2016

Police under scrutiny after successive shootings - Police Association President Greg O'Conner speaks to Rachel Smalley about the major methamphetamine issue in NZ, after two police shootings linked to the drug.

Twin police shootings raise questions over NZ's meth addiction

ONE News | Fri July 15th, 2016

Twin police shootings raise questions over NZ's meth addiction - The Police Association says the shooting of two men this week had one thing in common – both men were meth users.

Police shootings could increase due to the number of illegal firearms on the street

Stuff.co.nz | Wed July 13th, 2016

Police shootings could increase due to the number of illegal firearms on the street - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor says the high number of firearms in the hands of criminals may lead to an increase in police shootings.

Fatal police shooting in Hamilton

Paul Henry Show | Wed July 13th, 2016

Fatal police shooting in HamiltonPolice Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Mark Sainsbury on the shooting in Frankton, Hamilton overnight.

'The bottom line is, we've got a major organised crime problem' – Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Wed July 13th, 2016

'The bottom line is, we've got a major organised crime problem' – Police Assn - The Police Association President Greg O'Connor gives a very blunt assessment of the crime landscape following the fatal police shooting in Hamilton. Full Breakfast clip on demand - Greg appears at 20:35.