New Police Inspector Maevarangi Kirikava salutes at a ceremony in Avarua on Tuesday. POLICE MEDIA/22100402
A long-standing Cook Islands police officer has been promoted.
Cook Islands Police extended congratulations to Maevarangi
Kirikava on his appointment to the rank of Inspector at a ceremony in Avarua on
As Commander of the Prevention Division, Kirikava now takes
full responsibility for the areas of police training, domestic violence, vaka policing,
and professional standards, police said in a statement.
He had been Acting Commander following the departure of John
Strickland, who transitioned from 41 years of serving the community with the
Cook Islands Police and onto a new path as the incoming director of Emergency
Management Cook Islands in 2021.
Kirikava recently applied for the position, police said.
Cook Islands Police Commissioner TJ Keenan acknowledged the
appointment with the new Commander undertaking the parade inspection.