Cabinet appoints second Deputy Police Commissioner

The Cabinet has endorsed the appointment of Deputy Commissioner for the Ministry of Police, Aua’apau Logoitino Filipo, who currently heads the Police Criminal Investigation Division. 

The Minister of Police and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, confirmed the appointment in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

Cabinet also approved two new Assistant Commissioners, Leiataua Samuel Afamasaga and Assistant Commissioner Muliagatele Lorraine Lees.

“The [Cabinet Directive] was released yesterday on the new appointments and Aua’apau is named Deputy Commissioner,” the Minister said. 

Auapa’au will work alongside the current Deputy Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti. 

The two new Assistant Commissioners will focus on specific aspects of the Ministry’s operations.

Auapa’au and Muliagatele did not respond to calls for comments, while Leiataua declined when contacted by this newspaper. 

In July, Tialavea informed the Parliament of the need to have two Deputy Commissioners and to reinstate the position of Assistant Police Commissioner. 

The positions were dissolved only three years ago. 

“There are 23 divisions within the Police force and 12 divisions are overseen by Police Superintendents, yet the duties carried out are the job description slated for [Assistant Chief Executive Officer] positions,” Tialavea said in Parliament. 

“It only makes sense to reinstate these positions.”

According to the Police Annual Report for the Financial Year 2017-2018, four Assistant Commissioners resigned from their post with one suspended and later resigning. 

At that time, the Cabinet went ahead with its restructure of the Ministry of Police executive body, reinstated the position of the Deputy Police Commissioner, and removed the now reinstated four Assistant Commissioner positions.

The Minister told the Samoa Observer that aside from the A.C.E.O. positions they will also have another Deputy Commissioner position to be advertised soon. 

In Parliament the Minister compared the Ministry of Police’s staffing structure to that of other Ministries. 

“I am not sure why this has happened but this Ministry is just as important as other Ministries to reinstate A.C.E.O. positions that way, it is a three-year contract and they are paid in accordance with the duties performed,” he said. 

Tialavea said the Government was seeking to review salaries for staff members in the Ministry of Police and Corrections. 

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