Cabinet to restructure Police

Cabinet is to restructure the executive body at the Ministry of Police, a document leaked to Radio New Zealand has revealed.

The plan is to reinstate the position of a deputy Police Commissioner and remove the current four assistant Commissioner positions.

The leaked Cabinet paper says the change will be effective once the current Assistant Commissioners' three-year contracts are complete.

This comes after the court on Monday dismissed all 265 charges against the suspended Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, who is yet to be reinstated.

In the meantime, Cabinet has also appointed a three-member Tribunal to investigate the suspension of three senior officers, including one of the assistant commissioners, Samoa Mulinu’u.

The trio were the last senior officers to have been suspended by the Cabinet after the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, re-assumed the Police portfolio, following the arrest of the police commissioner last year.

The members of the tribunal are a church minister, a former senior police woman who held the rank of inspector and a former Manu Samoa Manager who is an insurer.

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