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Police Association Welcomes New President

Media Release

For Immediate Release
Wednesday 12 October 2016


The Police Association’s 81st Annual Conference has today elected Chris Cahill as President for a three-year term.

In a contested election, Mr Cahill secured the position after receiving the support of delegates to the conference in Wellington.

Mr Cahill is a Detective Inspector in Auckland City. With a police career encompassing Invercargill to Auckland and many places in between, across a variety of work groups, from one-man stations to specialist national squads, he will bring a broad perspective and understanding of policing to the role.

Mr Cahill has a long history of involvement within the Police Association. He has held every committee position, including serving as a core negotiator on three salary negotiations, as well as regional director and Vice-President for three years.

“I believe Chris will bring a high level of commitment and experience to the role,” departing President Greg O’Connor said.

“He has shown himself to be a strong advocate for police as an Association member and representative, and I am confident he will ensure that the voice of police officers will continue to be heard in the law and order environment.”

Mr Cahill will take over the position of President from Mr O’Connor, who announced at last year’s conference that he would not seek re-election after serving 21 years in the role.

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