Police criticised

Friday January 19, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

On Wednesday around midday in the blazing sun, there was a long build-up of frustrated and flustered motorists around Avatiu port. 


The reason? Without prior notice, our dithering police department decided to send a squad of sweating officials to re-examine and re-evaluate the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident in Nikao that occurred a week ago.

The question I would like to ask the Police Commissioner is why did this re-examination have to take place during peak traffic hour and at the hottest part of the day, causing unnecessary traffic jams in Avarua? 

Surely this activity could have taken place around 6pm when the volume of traffic around Avarua and Nikao is significantly lighter? It’s not as if there was an urgent or dire need to carry out the re-examination during the lunch hour on Wednesday.

I don't like to tell the Commissioner how to do his job, but it would seem that the Cook Islands Police Service is in dire need of a few strategic and tactical thinkers who can look at the bigger picture, as opposed to the tunnel vision illustrated in this instance.

            Frustrated Motorist

            (Name and address supplied)


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