Cook Islands Police Detective Receives Regional Recognition

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Outstanding leadership award presented at Chiefs of Police Conference

By Matariki Wilson

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Oct. 15, 2014) – During the opening ceremony of the 43rd Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference, Cook Islands law enforcement officers were recognised for their leadership.

The incoming chairman of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush, presented Detective Inspector Areumu Ingaua of the Cook Islands Police Service with the PICP Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Commissioner Bush congratulated Detective Inspector Ingaua for being an inspiration to upcoming leaders, for his passion, commitment and loyalty to the call of duty.

Present at the presentation were Commissioner Maara Tetava, the outgoing chairman of the PICP and chairman of the Pacific Police Training Advisory Group and Pacific Transnational Crime Network, Detective Senior Sergeant Peraua – Chairman of the Pacific Forensics Group, Sergeant Pauline Rangi – chair of the PICP Women Advisory Network, and Ella Napara – project officer for the PICP Secretariat.

The PICP Chairman’s Award is presented to Pacific police officers for outstanding leadership and performance in policing and will potentially be a role model for other police members in their own countries and internationally.

Detective Inspector Ingaua expressed his sincere appreciation to the chiefs and commissioners for the award which he was proud to receive on behalf of the hard working men and women of the Cook Islands Police Service who tirelessly go about doing what they have to do despite the criticism to keep the Cook Islands people and visitors safe.

He said, "I have worked and learned, been mentored and coached by many people, some retired, others still in the Cook Islands Police Service, supported strongly by my family, this award is also in recognition of their contribution to my development. To them I say thank you."

"It is humbling to witness the service and achievement of a Cook Islands Police Service officer recognised at the highest level," commented Tetava.

"Over the past few years, together with our partners - the Australian Federal Police and New Zealand Police, we have worked hard to develop the capacity and capability of our people.

"I am pleased that we have officers in the CIPS who are highly regarded specialists in their areas of work not only in the Cook Islands but also in the region."

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