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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, Jan. 17) – Renewed efforts are underway in New Zealand to recruit a senior police officer to take over law enforcement leadership on Niue.

The New Zealand police magazine Ten One has announced the two- year position as police commissioner who would be expected to re-establish "a robust police service on the island."

Previous attempts by the Niue government to recruit an officer have been unsuccessful.

The new Niue commissioner of police appointment is part of New Zealand’s $20 million (US$13.9 million), five-year aid package announced by Prime Minister Helen Clark during a state visit in October. Previous advertising has failed to attract any applicants.

Ten One carried an item seeking expressions of interest from police officers.

Niue had a judicial system similar to New Zealand and Niue police were strongly aligned to New Zealand policing, said the magazine item.

The island police department has been led by New Zealand officers since 1974 but a job localization policy was implemented several years ago.

The last chief of police was John Satini Tohovaka of Makefu who was not re-appointed and is now living overseas.

January 19, 2005

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