New Police Commissioner

Prime Minister receives new Tonga Police Commissioner

Commander MacLennan, from Australia, paid a courtesy call yesterday on Hu'akavameiliku, who is also the Minister of Police.

Having arrived in the country last week, the new Tonga Police Force Commissioner starts his new role yesterday.

He is contracted as Police Commissioner for three years.



Photo: PMO Media  Caption: Prime Minister, Hu'akavameiliku (right) with the new Police Commissioner, Commander Shane MacLennan


Tonga gets a new police chief

King Tupou VI approved the appointment.

The Australian police commander takes up the position from former New Zealand police superintendent Stephen Caldwell, who finished up in 2020.

The appointment of a new commissioner was delayed by the pandemic, and the position was filled in the interim by Tongan army brigadier, Lord Fielakepa.

Mr MacLennan has extensive experience, working for the Australian Police since 1981.

He was the Airport Police Commander at Brisbane Airport as well as a Detective Superintendent with the Australian Federal Police.