Elevation of women in Police praised
The appointment of a woman Assistant Police Commissioner has been hailed as a major step forward for gender progress in the Police.
This week Cabinet endorsed the appointment of Muliagatele Lorraine Lees as Assistant Police Commissioner, after 16 years of service.
The daughter of Betty Betham Lees and Douglas Taki Lees, Muliagatele is from Asau, Sapapali'i, Faatoia and Faleapuna.
The former Chairperson for the Women’s Advisory Network (W.A.N.), Police Inspector, Papali’i Efo Moalele, said women are slowly dominating a workplace that was once called “a male dominant” workplace.
“Especially in leadership positions in the Police services; we want to congratulate Muliagatele who was in charge of the Training Division of the Ministry," said Papali’i a longstanding advocate for women's empowerment in the Police force.
“Muliagatele’s achievement paves the way for women in the force and we want to thank the Police Commissioner who has always been blind to considerations of gender."
In 2018 the Samoa Police Service had its first woman Deputy Police Commissioner, Monalisa Tia’i-Keti. Her appointment to second in command came after 14 years in the force.
"I speak on behalf of more than 160 women in the Ministry of Police who continue to emphasize the importance of empowering women in a male dominant workforce like law enforcement."
Papali’i said women have been included in the Police Guard of Honour, the Tactical Operation Squad, sailing divisions.