The Samoa Police Service has its first woman Deputy Police Commissioner.
Monalisa Tia’i Nafo’i has apparently been appointed to the role, according to Radio New Zealand yesterday.
Her appointment to second in command comes after 14 years in the force.
She was appointed ahead of two male Police superintendents who had applied for the position.
The appointment, according to RNZI, was announced during an executive and management meeting.
The Deputy Police chief rank had earlier been abolished and replaced by four Assistant Commissioner roles.
It was reinstated after friction between the Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil and other senior officers which led to the Police chief’s suspension in 2016. He was later reinstated.