Samoa Police

Former Samoa Police Commissioner wins Champion of Change award

The award is a historic recognition of Fuiavaili’ili’s legacy of promoting women in Samoan policing. 

A statement said it is the first time a police leader from any Pacific island has received the award, which has always been claimed by honourees from Australia and New Zealand. 

The highly prestigious award recognises men who have played particularly significant roles in improving the culture of law enforcement for women officers in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Pacific. 

Samoa Police locate missing boy

Samoa Police said Jeriah was presented at the Apia Police Station by his mother, who said she found him living with another family in Vaigaga.

Jeriah was reported to have been missing from last month.

Police said some children who have been reported missing in the last few months have not been found.

They are pleading with the public to report any information that they may have on the whereabouts of the missing children.


Samoa Police investigates drowning incident of a 27-year-old man

According to the Police, the deceased is 27-years-old.

The incident occurred on Monday.

The body of the deceased is currently held at the hospital at Tuasivi in Savai’i. 


Police urges public to be vigilant against scams

Speaking on Talofa FM, Police Superintendent Tuaena Lomano Paulo urged the public to be vigilant against scams.

Tuaena noted the recent case of two men who pleaded guilty to falsely recruiting for seasonal workers overseas.

He said others claim they can import vehicles, leaving clients waiting months before they realise they have been misled.


12-year-old Samoan boy reported missing

Jeriah Ah Sam has been missing from his home at Tanumapua.

He was last seen around 6am on Monday.

Ah Sam was wearing his red and white Vaigaga Primary School uniform.

The public is advised to contact a nearby Police station or call 22222 if they have any information that might lead to Jeriah Ah Sam’s whereabouts.


Samoan police officer suspended over allegations

Corporal Tuitogamatoe Su'a alleged used the signature for police reports sought by those applying for the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

The suspension, which happened nearly two weeks ago, has been confirmed by Acting Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo in response to questioning from Radio Polynesia.

It is also alleged that Ms Su'a forged the signature of her superiors to receive on-call salaries, allocated for officers that are called back into work.

Its unclear whether a criminal investigation is underway with Auapaau declining to comment.

Samoa police inspector accused of amending police records

Mr Komiti, a Commanding Officer for the Police Prosecution, has been accused of amending police records in relation to a businessman who appeared in court for a charge of drunk driving.

The suspension of Mr Komiti was confirmed in an internal memorandum, endorsed by Acting Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo.

"Suspension from official duties. Pursuant to Section 42 of the Police Service Act 2009, I hereby suspend Inspector Kenneth Komiti from official duties pending the results of the investigation against him.

Samoa parlt sits but opposition MPs banned

But it is without the members of the opposition HRPP party, who were shut out by the Speaker, Papalii Lio Masipau.

Papali'i announced a ban yesterday, saying the HRPP is still failing to acknowledge that the FAST party won the election.

This follows months of legal squabbles between the parties but last month the Court of Appeal declared FAST were the legitimate winners of the election.

This morning the HRPP staged a march near the grounds of parliament until police stepped in and told people to return to the party offices.

Samoa Police patrol boat skipper suspended

Superintendent Sefo Faafoi Hunt, who was the vessel's commanding officer, has been suspended while a police probe and a commission of inquiry into the running aground of the patrol boat on a reef near Salelologa wharf on Savaii island continues.

The vessel, which was only commissioned in 2019, ran aground nearly four weeks ago after transporting police officers from Apia to Savai'i to help their colleagues there during a Human Rights Protection party protest.

Samoa Police recruits 57 new officers

The new officers were sworn in by Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese. 

Chief Justice Perese encouraged the new recruits to be honest in any circumstances.

 “In your work you will inevitably come to the Court to present evidence in a case,” he said. “Giving evidence is not an easy task, things can often seem a bit jumbled up in your mind. 

“You will be cross examined and your integrity tested. 

“The only advice I can give you is to tell the truth, because no matter how jumbled your mind becomes, it will always centre itself back on the truth.”