19 Feb 2011

Tribunal to hear complaints against Cook Islands police

1:06 pm on 19 February 2011

The Cook Islands Police will be establishing a formal tribunal to hear a number of outstanding public complaints lodged against officers.

The Cook Island News reports the police commissioner Maara Tetava is in discussions with New Zealand police for a commissioned officer to be on the tribunal.

Police are understood to be reviewing disciplinary processes assisted by a NZ police officer currently on secondment there who is also drafting relevant policies.

The Cook Island News says one of the cases that'll appear before the tribunal follows a complaint alleging sexual misconduct by an officer lodged with police in November last year.