Samoa-Australia Police Partnership marks milestone

Police Patrol Vehicles

Police Commissioner Lilomaiva Su’emalo Fou Taioalo, Australian High Commissioner Dr Stephen Henningham and Australian Federal Police Superintendent Andy Warton with the marked police patrol vehicles

The presentation today of four new marked police patrol vehicles, a custom-built police forensics response vehicle and a general police administration vehicle at Samoa Police Headquarters in Apia, signifies an important milestone in the Samoa-Australia Police Partnership (S-APP).

The ceremony was held during a busy month for the partnership between the Samoa Police Service and the Australian Federal Police.

The ceremony was attended by Police Commissioner Lilomaiva Suemalo Fou Taioalo, Samoa Police Service Senior Management and the Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Dr Stephen Henningham.

During the ceremony, Commander of the Samoa-Australia Police Partnership for the Australian Federal Police, Superintendent Andy Warton, presented Commissioner Lilomaiva Suemalo Fou Taioalo with four new marked police patrol vehicles, a custom-built police forensics response vehicle and a general police administration vehicle.

The police patrol and forensics vehicles are fitted with police lights, sirens and loudhailers and are easily identifiable by their police markings making them highly visible to the general public.

The ceremony also marked the delivery of two Close Personal Protection (CPP) Course by 3 visiting specialist instructors from the AFP. The two Close Personal Protection courses are the first to be delivered by the AFP to members of the Samoa Police Service in Samoa, and will provide over 40 members of the Samoa Police Service with dignitary protection skills in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations in June.

Commissioner Lilomaiva Suemalo Fou Taioalo congratulated members of the first 2 week Close Personal Protection course for successfully completing the course and in formally opening the second course, encouraged participants to enthusiastically and professionally represent the Samoa Police Service.

“On behalf of the Samoa Police Executive team, I congratulate all of you for being selected to attend. To those who have completed the first course, I say thank you and well done. The those about to commence the next course, I ask that you give a full commitment to learning over the 2 weeks, and that you enthusiastically and professionally represent the Samoa Police service as participants on this program.”, Commissioner Lilomaiva Suemalo Fou Taioalo said.

Also on show at the ceremony Samoa Police Service members demonstrated their newly acquired Close Personal Protection skills in an exercise with a mock dignitary. In addition, members of the Samoa Police Service forensics unit demonstrated some of the capabilities of the new police forensics response vehicle.

“Presentation of these new police vehicles, together with the training of over 40 Samoa Police Service members in Close Personal Protection represents the AFP’s gift to Samoa in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Independence in June. However the AFP’s partnership is not only about strengthening response capability and skills, core to the partnership is the strengthening of Samoa’s police service as a progressive policing organisation.”, Superintendent Warton said.

Commissioner Lilomaiva Suemalo Fou Taioalo thanked Superintendent Warton and the Samoa-Australia Police Partnership for its ongoing support to the police and the people of Samoa. “These vehicles will significantly assist the police to respond to requests for assistance from the Samoa Community and thereby strengthen the general policing capabilities of the Samoa Police Service. The training of additional Samoa Police service members in Close Personal Protection will also enhance our ability to provide dignitary protection during the celebrations in June, and we thank the AFP for all of these contributions”, Commissioner Lilomaiva Suemalo Fou Taioalo said.

The total value of the new police vehicles and Close Personal Protection training provided to the Samoa Police Service by the Australian Federal Police is WST$531,000.

Background

The Samoa-Australia Police Partnership (S-APP) is a partnership between the Samoa Police Service and the Australian Federal Police and has been operating since 2009. The S-APP aims to enhance the professionalism of the Samoa Police Service (SPS) by supporting:

• Improved public safety through strengthened investigations and general policing;

• Improved Samoa Police Service ability to respond to, and positively shape community perceptions of police; and

• Improved Samoa Police Service corporate support capacity.

To achieve its objectives the S-APP comprises members of the Australian Federal Police and a mix of short and long term technical advisors. In 2012 the S-APP has been responsible for providing technical advice and assistance in the fields of general policing, professional standards, human resource management, disaster management and radio communications.

In recent times the S-APP has also been responsible for delivering a Command, Control and Coordination (C3) course to members of the Samoa Police Service and further enhancing the capability of the Samoa Police Service to deter drink driving through the use of breath analysis equipment. Later this month the Australian Federal Police will sponsor selected Sergeants and Inspectors from the Samoa Police Service with an in-country Certificate IV in Training & Assessment course to be delivered by visiting instructors from the Canberra Institute of Technology

Source: Press Release from the Australian High Commission Office, Apia.

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