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Police undergo staff restructure

The Samoa Police Service has undergone a major reshuffle with two divisional heads getting changed and senior officers deployed to other areas of policing.

Police Commissioner Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer, said the changes within the Police were necessary and is based on organisational needs.

As part of the changes, Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo now heads the Criminal Investigation Division, while Superintendent Leiataua Samuel Afamasaga oversees the General Policing Division.

The changes were revealed in an internal memo issued by the Commissioner of Police last month and became effective June 1, 2020. 

According to the memo, there were seven transfers for Inspectors including the new heads of the outposts around the Country. 

Inspector Poe Ualesi is now the Officer in Charge for the Lalomanu Outpost, Inspector Tavete Tusani oversees the Faleolo Outpost while Inspector Misipele Fiatau takes charge of the Faleata Outpost. Inspector Fa’amatala Ese Valele has been transferred from the Records Unit to General Policing while Inspector Vi’iga Sio has been assigned to the C.I.D. 

Inspector Sione Menefata has been transferred to the Tanumalala Prison and Inspector Misieliota Tamaleaoa is now with the Community Engagement Unit as Second in Command along with Senior Sergeant Fealofani Junio Tofilau. 

The reshuffle has also affected four Sergeants including Sergeant Leone Filemu, who is now working for the Professional Standard Unit, Sergeant Peniamina Perite who has been transferred to the C.I.D., and Sergeant  Viane Faletoese who now works with the Professionals Standard Unit. 

Fuiavaili'ili said there are various vacant outposts that needed to be filled. 

“The only recent movements are placements of personnel at various vacant positions (outposts) and new recruits who have recently successfully completed their basic 15 week academy training,” he said. “We currently still have 107 vacant positions, consisting of sworn and non-sworn positions, that we are attempting to fill. 

“We anticipate a new recruitment process to begin within a couple of months. Most of these vacant positions are for entry level constables.” 

The internal memorandum reshuffle also include corporal positions and those transferred to the C.I.D. are Lanuola Mulipola, Tuitogamatoe Su’a and Uios Tolua. The corporals transferred to Faleolo Outpost include Hannia Lene; Malaeimi Taefu and Lanuola Ah Cheung. Corporal Lene Epa was transferred to the Traffic Section and Sopoaga Ah Hao is now working for the Faleata Outpost.  

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