Police commence festive season operations
The Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) will commence its festive season operation from December 23 all the way until January 4, the force's top brass warned ahead of the holiday season.
In a statement on Sunday, the Police urged the public not to drive under the influence of alcohol, especially over the holiday period.
In a previous interview with the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, he reminded the public that driving under the influence is illegal in Samoa.
He added that people should drink responsibly and especially refrain from drinking under the influence of alcohol.
“Don’t drive, get a driver, get a taxi or have someone pick you up or drop you off," he said.
Fuiavailiili added that the Police will be working through the Christmas and New Year holidays to ensure a safer Samoa.
“The festive season is something we do every year so we already got that planned out.
“All vacations for Police officers have been ceased except for certain circumstances such as funerals.
“For the most part, all of them will be working except for those who are sick, on a mission or already especially assigned to special assignments that we do not have control of.”
He said that they have a staff of almost 600 Police Officers on duty to draw within on for their patrol operations.
The Commissioner said motorists can expect an increased Police presence on the road with road blocks, extra patrol and general security.
Despite the festive season operation commencing on Monday, Police started road blocks and extra patrols prior to the day.