The new Cook Islands Police Commissioner is now officially in office following a handover ceremony earlier today.
Maara Tetava, who has been the deputy commissioner for the past eight years, takes over from Patrick Tasker, a New Zealand expatriate appointed to improve the effectiveness of the police force.
Commissioner Tetava says police performance greatly improved during Mr Tasker's two-year tenure and his succession by a local person is proof of the former commissioner's achievements.
However, he says there are still some challenges to overcome, including reducing the number of fatal road accidents.
Commissioner Tetava says ensuring the police force is adequately funded will be another key focus during his term.