14 Mar 2007

Cook Islands government might house five agencies in new police H/Q to save money

2:39 pm on 14 March 2007

A Cook Islands government official says it will be two weeks before a decision is likely on whether five government agencies will join police in their newly built headquarters in Avarua.

The CEO in the office of the deputy prime minister, Ratu Mato, says the idea to also put crown law, the ombudsman, the emergency management service and the financial intelligence unit under one roof with police, is part of the government's public sector reform process.

"As part of government's policy for public sector reforms and institutional strengthening, we're advocating for a sectoral approach for public service delivery and for a closer working relationship between government departments."

Ratu Mato says the government is endeavouring to get more for less.

He says a committee is considering whether the purpose built police building will be too cramped with five agencies in it, but he says the current police reforms may lead to a smaller force.