Re: Police defend giving village two options
It is just pragmatic and realistic policing. It has always been Police policy to work with village ali’i ma faipule.
They can come in with all guns blazing but that will just ruin the very important relationships between Police and the communities they serve and on whose leadership they rely on to keep the general peace.
The village matai help police with quite a lot of police work - especially with the return of prison escapees as well as assistance with finding suspects to crimes. Incidents like this where there is open defiance of police by village aumaga is quite rare.