"God has finally showed me where I'm supposed to be" - newly graduated Constable, Leilua.
Kesio Leilua, 23, of Fusi Safotulafai from Savaii is officially a Constable after a grueling 20-week training programme.
The ex-student of Vaiola College gave credit to God and said "He has finally put me where I am supposed to be."
"Many thanks to my families especially for the solid support as well as my friends who prayed for me.
"And to my classmates for being encouraging during physical training sessions and tests that we have all week every week. We have finally completed it," he said smiling.
He said that challenges he encountered during the Police training was all overcome by prayer.
"The hardest for me was because every week we had an exam in theory and every Friday we had practical fitness tests and for 17 weeks, I didn’t miss any of it.
"So I wasn’t able to sleep properly because I had to study hard for Friday and then also try to gather more energy to be able to do my fitness test throughout the weeks," said Mr. Leilua.
The young man enrolled in the Faculty of Education at the National University of Samoa in 2015 and was later enrolled in the university's Maritime Program the next year.
In 2018 he said he was working in a job that was not related to anything he studied before he decided to join the Police Recruitment process.
"God has finally showed me where I'm supposed to be," he said smiling.
Currently living in Moamoa, the rookie is excited to begin his official roles in the Ministry of Police.
"Now that I’m going to start in the ministry, I have already had my aims and goals I want to work towards but mostly to work my way up the ranks, this is just the beginning.
There are also other opportunities that we are able to grasp for further education and trainings that is one of my aims from now on, this is the first step and I want to go further," he the told Samoa Observer.
When asked what he learnt the most about during training, he said it was "discipline".
"The most important thing within the school of training for Police is your attitude. Your attitude includes your obedience, listening skills, and abiding by the laws and you will have to live by it always.
"It won’t be long till next recruitment begins for the Ministry, I advise that they (future policemen) finish their education, stay away from illegal activities and attend church often and be involved in church youth activities but always listen to your parents is the most important," he said.
Mr. Leilua is the eighth of 10 children and he is the first Police Officer in his family.