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Saturday 8 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National
Cook Islands Police frontline staff are facing pressure from rising number of incidents. POLICE MEDIA/22100741
Rarotonga frontline police
attended more than 230 incidents in September.
Figures supplied by police show it was “an
extraordinarily busy month” for all the units.
Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said about half of the
incidents involved one or more offences.
“These figures are up on previous months, adding
pressures to these officers, who are already anticipating a busy end of year
season ahead,” Pitt said.
“I think this is basically indicative of the
behavioural patterns returning to what had been experienced prior to Covid-19.”
Last month there were 234 reported incidents compared
to 170 in August and 153 in July, Pitt said.
The main concerns last month were crashes, over 30 per
cent of the incidents, domestic violence, nearly 10 per cent, and theft 8 per
cent, and burglary 8 per cent.
In September, the traffic team was responsible for
issuing more than 75 per cent of the total number of minor offence
The majority of those fines were for non-compliant
vehicles and various defects, Pitt said.
“The team also prevented 28 people from driving, and
dealt with half a dozen offences, including two arrests.”
The latest reported incident involved a motorcyclist
who was pulled up by police for driving without a tail light in Matavera on
After being stopped for the traffic infringement,
police detected the smell of alcohol on the driver.
He was subsequently breathalysed and returned a result
above the legal limit.