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Police Association to elect new president

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/10/2016

A new president will be elected to replace long-serving Greg O'Connor when the Police Association begins its annual conference in Wellington.

Mr O'Connor is stepping down after more than two decades in the job, which he first assumed as a 37-year-old in 1995.

During his tenure, he has become the public face of the organisation and been credited with lifting its profile.

The new president will be chosen in a closed session on Wednesday and the successful candidate to be announced shortly after.

Mr O'Connor will remain in the role for the during of three-day conference and until the president-elect takes up the position.

The conference theme this year is People First.

Organisers say it will focus on the effects of changes in the workplace and increased workloads, at a time when police budgets have remained largely frozen, staff numbers are static and calls for service from the public are rising.

Police Minister Judith Collins will open the conference and other speakers will include Opposition Leader Andrew Little and NZ First leader Winston Peters.

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