Recent Media

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

Budget 2017: Continued commitment to law and order welcomed

NZPA | Thu May 25th, 2017

The Government has today confirmed its commitment to increase the number of police by 880 and the number of non-sworn Police employees by 245, over the next four years.

The Association welcomed the announcement when it was initially made in the February 2 Safer Communities package.

“A $388m increase in Vote Police is a much needed initiative to relieve serious strains on front line policing,” Police Association President Chris Cahill said.

Kiwi criminals deported from Australia strengthening gangs

NZ Herald | Thu February 23rd, 2017

Kiwi criminals deported from Australia strengthening gangs - Police Association President Chris Cahill says Kiwi-born criminals deported from Australia are contributing to a professionalisation of New Zealand gangs, which is likely to lead to a spike in drug-related violence.

Police 'default' mental health service as attempted suicide call outs jump 30 per cent

Dominion Post | Mon February 20th, 2017

Police 'default' mental health service as attempted suicide call outs jump 30 per cent - NZ Police Association President Chris Cahill  comments on the increase in attempted suicides handled by police.

Police Association against blood tests for officers

Radio NZ - The Panel | Wed February 15th, 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 | Tue January 17th, 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 | Mon January 9th, 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 | Sun January 8th, 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 | Wed December 28th, 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 | Sun December 18th, 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 | Fri December 16th, 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 | Thu December 8th, 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 | Sat December 3rd, 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 | Thu December 1st, 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 | Wed November 30th, 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 | Mon November 28th, 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 | Wed November 16th, 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. 

Police Assn on the latest crime stats

Radio NZ - The Panel | Mon October 31st, 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)

Lack of police blamed for burglary spike

Newshub | Mon October 31st, 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.

The thin blue line is too thin, says Police Association

Dominion Post | Thu October 20th, 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 | Sun October 9th, 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 | Wed October 5th, 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.

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 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. 

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.