Top cop job appointment by end of January

Monday 11 January 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

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Top cop job appointment by end of January
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 McKay.

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.