Crash officers back in the force

Saturday July 13, 2019 Written by Published in Crime
The accident involving two police offi cers caused damages to the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation building. 19031312 The accident involving two police offi cers caused damages to the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation building. 19031312

Two police officers stood down for their involvement in an accident have been reinstated.

The officers were involved in a motor vehicle crash in a marked police car in March this year.

One officer was charged, appeared in court – and was discharged without conviction.

Cook Islands Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt confirmed both officers had resumed normal duties. 

As a result of the crash, Pitt said legal representations were upheld by the court and reparations were also made in relation to the damaged building.

The accident took place at Maire Nui Drive in Avarua after the vehicle veered off the road and hit into a support post of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation building.

The officers were responding to a domestic-related incident, and police earlier said that the response was in accordance with existing policy.

The vehicle was extensively damaged and eventually written-off.

The police officers involved in the accident were stood down from duty while an incident investigation was undertaken into the cause of the accident, overseen by Cook Islands Police Service Professional Standards

“The police vehicle was covered by insurance and has since been replaced,” Pitt said.

“As a consequence of the investigation into professional standards, both officers have been subject to a period of performance review and management.”

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