Apart from the tragedy of three people who drowned at Mulinu’u two weeks ago, the Police say the festive season was relatively safe.
This was confirmed by the Police’s Media Officer, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona, who acknowledged the members of the public for working together with the Police to keep Samoa safe.
According to Maota, there were no major incidents during Christmas and New Years.
While there were the odd scuffles between drunks here and there, he said the strong police presence in the community made the festive season a lot safer. More than 600 officers took part in the police operation during the festive period. They were stationed at different outposts across Upolu and Savai’i.
Maota congratulated the officers for a job well done. “It wasn’t easy as most of them would have loved to spend the time with their families but they are dedicated to their work and we are glad that it has been relatively safe,” he said.
“The most cases we dealt with involved drunk drivers and other minor incidents.”
As for the drowning deaths at Mulinu’u, Maota said they are continuing their investigation. “The festive season operation ends today and all the officers will be back to their normal duties and their divisions,” he said.