Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil

Seven Samoa Police, Prison and Corrections officers receive promotion

  Leiataua Samuelu Afamasaga has been promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and Corrections.

Motunuu Mikaele Teofilo is now the Director of Programme and Development.

Taualai Luuga is the new Principal Internal Investigator while Lomitusi Maifea and Salauseu Keneti Teo are the senior programme officers.

Teiula Aukusitono and Howard Masoe have been promoted to Programme Officers.

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil stressed the importance of abiding by the law and policies in his keynote address at the swearing in ceremony recently.

Border closures delay return of Samoan peacekeepers

Police commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said Samoan personnel were stationed across the continent and had now had their postings extended.

"Generally, the mission is for one year and it takes a lot of qualifications and testing to get selected for an officer to go to these things but it's only for one year."

He said Samoa had an allotment of 25 officers who could be deployed to Africa - with some police officers there now.

Officers waiting to take up their postings in Samoa had also been delayed because of the travel restrictions.

Taxi driver in Samoa flees carjackers

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has confirmed David Paulo, 20, and Matthew Asimalu, 18, are in custody following the incident.

The Samoa Observer reports they are alleged to have entered a taxi parked in front of a Vaiusu store and put a knife to the driver's neck before ordering him to drive.

The driver told police that during the joyride he managed to drive his taxi into a ditch at Moata'a village and escape.

Associate minister in Samoa charged with threatening behaviour

The Samoa Observer reports Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has confirmed the charges against the associate minister.

Amituana'i, MP for Aleipata Itu I Luga, has been granted bail and is scheduled to appear in the District Court on 19 August.

The charges stem from an incident in Lalomanu over a land dispute.

A relative of the complainant said the associate minister swore and swung a hammer at the victim.