The Cook Islands Prime Minister Jim Marurai has announced the national police force is to undergo a thorough review.
The Cook Islands News reports that the review will be conducted by a team from New Zealand, and is expected to take place next April.
Preparatory work has already started, following close discussions between Mr Marurai and the New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark during the Pacific Islands Leaders' Forum meeting in October.
The review will cover management and structure of the police, including performance issues, procedures, personnel and resources.
All divisions of the department will be subject to the review including maritime surveillance, national disaster management, the meteorological office and the dog ranger.