Suspended officer under misconduct investigation

A Police Officer has been stood down from duty pending an investigation into alleged misconduct, but the Commissioner of Police has declined to confirm details of the allegations made against him. 

The Samoa Observer asked the Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, whether the suspended officer, Leilani Savea Kitiona, had been placed on suspension over the weekend in relation to a complaint that was made about his conduct while policing traffic. 

But Fuiavailiili, while confirming the suspension, would not be drawn about the nature of the misconduct allegations made against the officer and whether they included the alleged improper handling of traffic stops. 

“He has been suspended while the Professional Standards Unit investigates an allegation of misconduct against him,” the Commissioner said. 

“It’s a pending case, so I can’t say much right now.

“[There is still speculation] and questions to be answered.”

The Professional Standards Unit falls under the Commissioner’s portfolio. It is not known when the investigation is likely to be completed.

The Unit works in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office and the Ombudsman investigating complaints raised by members of the public in relation to alleged unethical behaviour by Police. 

Public complaints against the Ministry of Police dropped 37 per cent for the Financial Year 2017 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to the Police’s 2017-18 annual report. 

Attempts to contact the officer were unsuccessful on Sunday. 

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