Acting police commissioner Akatauira Matapo (right) with former top cop Maara Tetava (left). 17050413
A recommendation from the Office of the Public Service Commissioner on the appointment of the Commissioner of Police is expected to be made later this month.
The recruitment process for the new Commissioner of Police
is in progress, says media advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister Jaewynn
The role became vacant after former Police Commissioner
Maara Tetava’s term which started in 2009 came to an end last year. The
recruitment process commenced in October 2020, with the applications closing on
November 27, last year.
McKay said: “The selection process is currently underway
with a recommendation from the Public Service Commissioner to the Minister for
Police Mark Brown and Cabinet likely to be made later this month, with the
appointment to follow in due course.”
McKay said information on how many people applied for the
role is not available. Deputy Police Commissioner Akatauira (Aka) Matapo was
appointed acting Police Commissioner late last year. It is understood Matapo is
one of the applicants for the role.
The recruitment process is managed by Cook Islands
Investment Corporation (CIIC) and Office of the Public Service
Commissioner. Cook Islands Investment
Corporation is responsible for accepting the applications and does work on the
initial vetting of the applications before passing them on to Office of the
Public Service Commissioner.
It was earlier reported that Minister for Police Mark Brown
had expected to make an appointment early this year.