The event also marked the handover of new vehicles, including motorbikes, to the Cook Islands Police from the Cook Islands government.
Police Commissioner Maara Tetava said in his address that the sad touch to the occasion was the retirement of their second drug-detection dog Xela, who has now reached the end of her operational life.
“Xela will probably be looking at the happier side though because the dog will now be free, like any other dog which does not have to conform to a strict diet and the demands of operational life,” Tetava said.
“In marking Xela’s retirement, I wish to acknowledge the outstanding work of the handlers, who had an integral part in keeping the dog fit and well and operational over the last 10 years.”
Tetava also commissioned the new detection dog Hoss and acknowledged his handler, Police Constable Peter Pureau.
“Peter and Hoss recently completed their training at the New Zealand Police Dog Training School in Trentham, New Zealand with flying colours,” he said.
“This would not have been possible without the support and the instructors at the New Zealand Police Dog Training School.”