Police officers involved in crash

Friday March 15, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Cook Islands Police Service has stood down two if its officers who were involved in a motor vehicle crash at 2am yesterday.

 

An investigation into the accident, which involved a marked police vehicle, has started.

The accident took place at Maire Nui Drive in Avarua after the marked police vehicle veered off the road and hit into a support post of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation building.

Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said the police vehicle involved in the accident was extensively damaged.

Pitt said they were grateful that the officers were not injured.

“The two police officers involved in the accident have been stood down from duty while a crucial incident investigation is undertaken into the cause of the accident, which will be overseen by Cook Islands Police Service (CIPS) Professional Standards,” Pitt said.

“The action being taken by the CIPS is to clearly indicate to the public that police are accountable and to demonstrate transparency with regards to all matters involving police officers.”

Pitt said the officers involved in the accident were responding to a domestic-related incident, and that response was in accordance with existing policy.

Police commissioner Maara Tetava confirmed that the matter will also be reported to the Ombudsman who may or may not run a separate investigation.

“Once the matter is fully investigated I will advise the community of the outcome subject to agreement from the Ombudsman’s Office,” Tetava said in a statement.

At around lunchtime yesterday, police officers blocked parts of Maire Nui Drive for investigation, diverting the traffic to the backroad.

They had to rush to another crash involving a woman on a motorcycle near the Takuvaine roundabout at around 3pm.

Pitt said an ambulance was dispatched, adding they were investigating the latest crash as well.

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