Nation pays tribute to Police officers

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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WELL DONE: The recipient of the Bravery Award 2016, Corporal Alesana Ieremia, is flanked by family members and colleagues.

WELL DONE: The recipient of the Bravery Award 2016, Corporal Alesana Ieremia, is flanked by family members and colleagues. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The nation paused yesterday to pay tribute to the work of the Police Force.

A special service was held to remember the services and sacrifices of the men and women who have served Samoa over the years. 

Held at the Police headquarters on Beach Road, former Police officers were present to commemorate and celebrate the importance of the police’s service in the country. 

Former Police Commissioner, Asi James Blakelock and former Member of Parliament, Patu Ativalu Togi joined the special occasion. 

The Minister of Police, Salā Fata Pinati addressed the audience and spoke about the importance of the service and work done by the police for the people of Samoa. 

“This is one of the most important services in any country,” said Salā.

He emphasised the importance of their work in terms of security and safety.

“People of the country come to you for help, and you are to keep the people of the country safe.”

Former Police Commissioners Patu Ativalu and Asi Semisi Blakelock.
Former Police Commissioners Patu Ativalu and Asi Semisi Blakelock.
MEN OF THE LAW: Police officers during their celebration yesterday.
MEN OF THE LAW: Police officers during their celebration yesterday.

The Police play various roles added Salā. These include enforcing the law, keeping the peace and protecting life and property.

Salā reminded that just because they are police officers, it doesn’t mean they can abuse the power given to them. 

“We have had a lot of complaints from members of the public with how they are being treated by police officers. That is not your duty. You are to respect the people of our country and treat them well. 

“That’s my advice to you all. Be respectful, because people come to you for help. Your work helps the work of the government, villages, and the whole country. The safety and peacefulness of this country depends on you.”

A minute of silence was also observed to remember the lives of those who served and died in the line of duty.

Certificates were then given to family members of some of the former police officers who held high positions in the police force but had already passed away.

Awards were also given to former members of the police force who were still alive and still supporting the work of police. 

Lastly, there was special acknowledgement for all the officers who risk their lives for the safety of Samoa.

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