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O'Connor retiring as police union head

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/09/2016

The long-time face of the police officers' union, Police Association president Greg O'Connor, is stepping down from the role after 21 years.

He says he is leaving on his own terms and there are good people to take up the job.

"The association is in great shape," he said in the September issue of Police News.

"We've had a great pay round and, most importantly, the big issue of extra staffing for police is now being considered by government. We have been working behind the scenes to make that happen and it will be an election issue."

Mr O'Connor, in his late 50s, is yet to decide what he will do next.

He graduated from police college in 1976 and worked in Wellington, Masterton, Porirua and Christchurch, including undercover work.

He was elected union president in 1995, at the age of 37.

Mr O'Connor's replacement will be voted on at the association's annual conference on October 12.

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