APIA: 29 May 2012: Two New Zealand Police officers were in Apia to provide some refresher training to their Samoan counterparts on the planning and conducting of VIP motorcades in advance of the 50th Anniversary celebrations starting at the end of this week.
Funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senior Sergeant Phil Wooding and Senior Constable Andy McKenzie spent five days working with the Special Response Unit and the Traffic Division of the Samoa Police.
Both officers were impressed with the convoy driving skills of those involved in the training. “The enthusiasm and professionalism of the units involved in the training was in line with international standards. They were a pleasure to work with,” said Senior Sergeant Wooding.
The key focus of the New Zealand Police officers was on refreshing existing skills and fine tuning techniques to ensure that Samoa is ready for the influx of VIPs for the 1 June celebrations.
New Zealand Police will also be providing technical advice in regards to specialist search group deployment supported by a K9 dog capability to assist with the 50th anniversary celebrations.