A 30-year-old man has been charged with possessing and importing narcotics.

A 46-year-old man has been and charged with manslaughter on the island of Aitutaki.

Commissioner of Police Maara Tetava has praised the effort of deputy prime minister and police minister Teariki Heather, for providing key resources to help the national law enforcement agency.

Commissioner of Police Maara Tetava admits the Cook Islands Police Service has had some issues with performance, discipline and professionalism within the force – even to the extent of being held accountable under the law and its own professional standards system.

Police are investigating the death of a nine-year-old boy on Aitutaki.

A local man is growing increasingly frustrated over what he perceives as the police’s failure to uphold a protection order he took out against his American ex-wife after she suddenly arrived in Rarotonga two months ago.

Chief Justice of the Cook Islands Sir Hugh Williams QC began his 13-day visit to Rarotonga on Monday. Williams is set to hear a number of cases whilst here. They involve charges ranging from the possession of cannabis to manslaughter.

Thirty cases came up before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams in the Cook Islands High Court on Thursday last week.

The Cook Islands Police Service’s ranks will be boosted by seven new recruits in a few weeks’ time.

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