Former Cook Islands police Commissioner Maara Tetava. PHOTO: SIAN SOLOMON/22020807
Former Cook Islands police Commissioner Maara Tetava has been recognised for his long service, dedication, and commitment to pacific policing by the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat (PICP-S) law enforcement agency.
Coordinator for the PICP-S, David Macgregor, who was recently in Rarotonga for five
days, presented Tetava with a plaque at his office in Avarua last Wednesday.
about receiving the award, Tetava said it was “an honour” to be the recipient.
there have been “many” milestones during his career, but that for him, receiving
the award and being part of the police force was all about service.
He went on
to say that it’s been “a great privilege” to serve the people of the Cook
Islands and his country.
“For me, it’s not about anything else, it’s about service, Tetava said.
like to think I have represented our people and our country well. Not only
here, but also on the regional and international scene.
privilege and the honour to serve my people, and my country has been a great
is now the National Security Director at the Office of the Prime Minister, served
in the Cook Islands police force for 35 years.
He was the Cook
Islands Police Commissioner for 11 years, joining back in 1985 where he graduated
top of his class.
graduating, he worked in General Policing and Traffic before transferring to
the Criminal Investigation Branch as an investigator, where he was involved in
many major criminal investigations.
In 1990, he
was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and served as the Chairman of
the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat from 2013 to 2014.
is a law enforcement agency that supports police chiefs across the pacific
time with the PCIP-S, Tetava was instrumental in the development of the agency’s
strategic plan from 2015 to 2020 and chaired the Board of Management of the
Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN).
became the first chairperson of the Pacific Police Training Advisory Group
(PPTAG) which was a position he held from 2012 to 2014. He was also one of the
founding members of the PICP-S Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
his retirement, he chaired the Pacific Crime Prevention Advisory Crew (PCPAC)
responsible for developing crime prevention strategies for pacific policing.
now spends his time working on the Cook Islands National Security Strategy.
reflecting on his time with the Cook Islands police service, Tetava says he wouldn’t
change it for anything.
He said: “My
time in the police I wouldn’t have traded that for anything else.
chaired the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat but also many other
working groups, and as a member of the executive leadership team of that group
was an honour.
“I think that
is represented by this award, and for me, it has been a privilege.”