Police raid move questioned

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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Police officers who attended the raid expressed concerns about the information they received.

Police officers who attended the raid expressed concerns about the information they received. (Photo: Samoa Observer)

The Ministry of Police is tightlipped on a raid they conducted in Aleisa on Sunday, which resulted with no arrests and no drugs. 

Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, declined to comment when he was contacted for a comment.

However, Police officers who attended the raid expressed concerns about the information they received. 

One senior officer told the Samoa Observer that they were unaware of the raid. He said their cell phones were confiscated as usual procedures. 

“However, upon arrival at the area where we were supposed to look for a brick house, it was a shack and the elderly man and his son were scared to see us armed and surrounding their residence,"  he said. 

“I am for one thankful that nothing happened and what comes to mind is the lack of appropriate scouting and gathering of the right information prior to executing this search warrant.  

“So mind you, we just follow orders and we place our lives on the hands of the Commissioner and his Management Officers and we just go along.

 "However upon arrival I was disappointed. 

“The look on the elderly man’s face, it was as if they saw ghosts with the number of officers armed and surrounding their home.

“We are fortunate the operation was not under attack.

"I hope the Commissioner and his Management Officers will do their due diligence before they order us to go on a fishing expedition again."

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