Grandfather fulfills dream

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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NEW RECRUITS: Twenty four new Police recruits took their oath yesterday to serve their country.

NEW RECRUITS: Twenty four new Police recruits took their oath yesterday to serve their country.

It’s never too late to fulfill your dreams. 

With that mindset a grandfather did just that yesterday when he was sworn in as a Police officer. Talamesi Fuimaono, 54 years old, was the oldest officer sworn in among 23 new recruits.

DREAMS: Talamesi Fuimaono (left) is pictured here with other new recruits Nikisone Afualo, Walter Tiedemann and Siatuvasa Faletolu.

DREAMS: Talamesi Fuimaono (left) is pictured here with other new recruits Nikisone Afualo, Walter Tiedemann and Siatuvasa Faletolu.

They were sworn in before District Court Judge, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke. 

A father to four children and grandfather to five granddaughters, Mr. Fuimaono was humbled.

“I had worked most of my life in New Zealand and Australia,” he said.

“I mainly did work in Sales and Marketing. I had also worked here for National Lotto. I’m semi retired and I wanted to occupy my time because I still have the strength to serve our country.”

According to Mr. Fuimaono, being a Policeman had always been a dream.

DREAMS: Talamesi Fuimaono (left) is pictured here with other new recruits Nikisone Afualo, Walter Tiedemann and Siatuvasa Faletolu.
DREAMS: Talamesi Fuimaono (left) is pictured here with other new recruits Nikisone Afualo, Walter Tiedemann and Siatuvasa Faletolu.

“It had always been a passion for me to become a policeman,” he said. 

“I wanted to teach my family, friends and a learning step for myself to know more about the law and keep on the safe (side) of the law. I wanted to get in so I can do that and serve our people.”

District Court Judge, Leiataualesa congratulated the new recruits. 

He emphasised the importance of the police force service to the country and taking their oath seriously. 

“Your service to our country that is what you are sworn to do it’s also a service to our people without favour or affection,” reminded the Judge. 

“As a member of Samoa police service you play a very important role in our country. You are entrusted by our country and our people to ethically carry out your duties and enforce the law…you must exercise the values of honesty and integrity, respect for people and their property, fairness and impartiality as well as loyalty and good faith.”

Leiataua reminded the new recruits that their role is to serve the people, “not for our people to serve you”. 

 “In the conduct of police service you will not only see the best of people and no doubt the worst of them,” he said. 

 The new recruits went through 16 weeks of trainings. 

From 28 of the participants only 24 of them made it through to the other side. 

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