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Saturday 7 January 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, National
Ten graduating members of the Ratu Isoa Waka Recruit Wing took the Police Oath on March 4, 2022. They were part of the last officer intake in November 2021. POLICE MEDIA/23010644
Cook Islands Police Service is hoping to recruit more police officers.
paying them remains an issue.
spokesperson Trevor Pitt said they had planned to initiate a recruitment
process before the end of last year, but this was not possible due to financial
had been coping with major constraints in personnel for some time, he said.
last officer intake in November 2021 was the first in two years where 10 trainees,
eight men and two women, undertook a 13-week recruit training programme.
difficulty has been matching available funding with the vacant positions,
consistent with the department’s organisational structure, Pitt says.
has been under pressure to meet certain demands in specific areas of need.
need targeted help in these areas but have been told there will be no budgetary
says resolving human resources constraints is a critical area for future
to kick off the recruitment remain in place for an intake of up to 15.”
last year, around 10 recruits joined the police force – three of them non-Cook
has repeatedly acknowledged there is an ongoing problem with police resources
after he revealed there was a recruitment process being finalised to fill gaps
in the department in October 2021.
of staff was a contributing factor, as was remuneration, while some staff
members had moved to other government departments, Pitt said.
Cook Islands Police are continuing to issue
paper driver’s licences.
spokesperson Pitt said this is due to a prolonged wait for the card
said he did not know how long this situation would last or when the card would
was earlier reported that Cook Islands Police issues more than 500 visitor
driver licences each month and more than 400 for residents.
Police Licencing Office has been issuing paper licences temporarily due to the
depletion of card stock.
earlier said this has been an ongoing problem, with the supply of cards and
colour print ribbon running out every few months.
He added the licensing office could not afford to buy more stock due to a lack of money.