APIA: MONDAY 08 APRIL 2103: The work of the Samoan police has been further strengthened with the latest donation of six new police vehicles under the Samoa-Australia Police Partnership (S-APP) to the Samoa Police and Prison Service.
On behalf of the Australian Government, Superintendent Andy Warton of the Australian Federal Police presented the vehicles to the Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo. “These vehicles aim to increase the capability of the Samoa Police in responding to calls for public assistance”, said Superintendent Warton.
The six vehicles include five Toyota Hilux 4WDs and a Toyota people mover.
S-APP was established in 2009 and is an on-going partnership between the Samoa Police and Prison Service and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who have three Federal Agents attached to the partnership in Apia.
Other S-APP projects soon due to be completed include the construction of a dedicated Radio Communications Room and the installation of a complete power and water backup supply to Police Headquarters in Apia – this project was identified as a high priority following Cyclone Evan
A Community Perception Survey is also being undertaken in Samoa in order to gain a clearer picture of community perceptions of police and further inform future assistance to be provided under the S-APP.