Superintendent, Samoa Mulinuu Mulinuu is grateful to have been given the opportunity as the new Assistant Commissioner for the Criminal Division.
He joined the force in 1992 and has served the Ministry for 24 years.
“It’s a huge step for me, but I just thank God that I have been given this position to serve Samoa,” he said.
He said being given a high position comes with many challenges, but with God’s help, everything is possible.
As the person who has been overseeing the Criminal Investigation Division for many years, he believes this is where the heart of the Police work is.
And he will use his experience to continue the work they do and serve the country to the best of his ability.
In terms of investigations, expect changes, he said.
“I want to make improvements so that investigations are thorough and completed fairly and satisfactorily .”
Not only is the Crime Division one of the busiest divisions in the Police Department, but it also it deals with the most serious offences including murder charges and sexual matters.
And the Assistant Commissioner says there will be no preferential treatment.
“My work has to be carried out with honesty and integrity.
“Even if we are related and you break the law, I have to be professional in doing my job,” he said.
He said there is a police constitution and code of conduct that the officers should follow in doing their job.
And to make a difference, every officer should stand by that constitution.
Samoa hails from villages of Vailele and Fasito’o-Uta.
He is married with five children.
His journey in the police force started off in 1992 when he was a Constable under the Criminal Investigation branch and it’s from there that he worked his way up
Before being selected as the Assistant Commissioner for Crimes, he looked after the Criminal Investigation Division for four years as a superintendent. He was also a Contingent Commander from Samoa on a Peacekeeping mission to the Sudan from 2007 to 2008.
And from 2009- 2010, he was based in the Solomon Islands. The new Assistant Police Commissioner commenced his work last Monday.