The basic duty of the police is to uphold the law and keep the peace but Pa’ese Fiaui, from the village of Nu’u, has questions about their ability to do their job.
Aged 60, Pa’ese is sick and tired of the youth causing trouble on the roadsides. Numerous calls to the police have left her and her family waiting while no one shows up.
“We have so many problems with the youth’s drunkenness in our village,” Pa’ese told the Village Voice.
“Every time I hear a lot of noise out on the road from drunken people I immediately call the police. It’s a nuisance to families here and that’s my duty as part of the community.”
“The only problem is, when we call the police they never show up and we just keep waiting for them. Every Friday and Saturday night, things get out of hand on the roads.”
“There aren’t any words that can explain the mindset the youth have to get crazy like that every weekend.”
Pa’ese recalled last weekend where she heard a lot of trouble on the road and when the police were called, they just told her to wait.
So they waited and waited but not one officer showed up to take care of the situation.
“Last weekend we heard some noise which sounded like trouble on the road and we called the police to come and calm things down,” Pa’ese said.
“They told us to wait for a little while. We kept waiting and no one showed up; that’s what we have to deal with over here.”
“It’s so sad how the police are acting like this when it’s their job to keep the peace. The rowdiness on the road shouldn’t be happening and what happens if someone gets really hurt from drunken fights?”
This common occurrence has left families in the area afraid to do anything in case the rowdy youths turn their attention on them.
“We really need help from the police for the protection of our family and others in the village,” Pa’ese explained.
“We need peace in our village. It’s as if these youths just get their pay on Friday and then go straight to the shop to buy beer and go crazy. It’s very disrespectful to their families and others they affect.
“Even when it’s time to have family worship, we can’t pray properly because of the noise.”
Pa’ese says that the blame for such behaviour falls on the shoulders of the parents.
“The one thing that shocks me most is their parents,” she said.
“They hear and see their children going crazy on the road and they do nothing about it. I just wonder what kind of job they are doing with their children?”
“I assume that their parents don’t go to church on Sundays and that’s why their children are like that. It’s their fault that their children go about causing trouble.”
“They have peace in their own houses then the children go out to the front of other people’s homes and then make noise. This sort of mindset makes no sense.”
“For the sake of my children, my request is for the police to please help when they are called on.”