10 Sep 2012

Cooks' police chief waits on two reports into theft of property from police HQ

3:11 pm on 10 September 2012

The Cook Islands police commissioner says he will leave 'no stones unturned' in ferreting out any thieves within his force.

Last month, it was revealed property in police custody, worth tens of thousands of dollars, had been stolen from police headquarters.

The Commissioner Maara Tetava has been given a report by two New Zealand detectives who investigated thefts within the Cook Islands force.

But he says the report is still incomplete and the New Zealand officers are still working on the investigation.

There is also an internal disciplinary investigation being carried out by the police Professional Standards Unit, looking at whether proper processes have been followed at the station.

Commissioner Tetava says he won't stand down staff until he is satisfied both investigations have been thoroughly completed and cases can be made through the courts or the police disciplinary system.